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Two Men Arrested at Walmart

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:32 P.M. Campbellsville Police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to 2 males shoplifting.  Officer Josh Patrick responded and made contact with 40 year old Charles E. Jernigan of Campbellsville and 33 year old Christopher A. Thompson of Mount Sherman.  After an investigation, both Jernigan and Thompson were arrested and charged with the following;

Charles Jernigan-

Burglary 3rd degree

 

Christopher A. Thompson-

Theft by Unlawful Taking U/$500 (shoplifting)

Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth)

Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified)

Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st offense

 

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020               Time: 5:32 P.M.

 

Location: Wal-Mart

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Josh Patrick

 

Approving Supervisor:  Lt. Shannon Wilson

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KSP Makes Drivers Permit Test Announcement

 

 

FRANKFORT, KY. (June 2, 2020) – The KSP Driver Testing Branch announced today that it will resume permit testing in select counties where the required CDC/Healthy at Work guidelines can be adhered to. In an effort to ensure the safety of permit applicants and staff, we have implemented a registration process where everyone will be required to schedule a specific date for their permit test. KSP will begin taking appointments, by phone, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

For a listing of counties currently offering permit testing and the contact information, please click the link below.

http://kentuckystatepolice.org/drivers-testing/

There you will find a list of current open test locations and the phone number for the KSP Drivers Test Administrator or clerk at each location. Please be patient as phone lines are limited and we anticipate high call volumes.

More information will be distributed as additional counties are added to our list. Please visit the KSP website periodically to see when your county will begin permit testing. We anticipate an announcement at a later date regarding road tests to begin in July.

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Campbellsville Man Faces Drug Charges

 

On May 30, 2020 at 8:46 P.M. Officer Jonathon Leigh stopped a vehicle on Maple Street for traffic violations.  The driver, Michael Collings, of Campbellsville was found to be driving under the influence of drugs.  Drugs were also located on Collings, he was charged with the following;

DUI 1st offense

Possession of LSD

Possession of  Marijuana

 

 

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020               Time: 8:46 P.M.

 

Location: Maple Street, Campbellsville

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Jonathon Leigh

 

Approving Supervisor:  Lt. Shannon Wilson

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Green County Coroner Resigns, David Taylor Appointed By Judge

Green County Coroner Carol Ray has resigned, Ray told 99.9 the Big Dawg that May 31st was her last day on the job, as for the reason for Ray was leaving her job as coroner she said "now is the time and the time is right"...

Green County Judge John Frank has appointed David Taylor as Carol Ray's replacment, Taylor took office this morning at 12 midnight. 

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With Much Warmer Weather Don't Leave Baby in Car

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2020) – During the first week of June, KSP is sending a plea to parents and caregivers with ‘Keeping Kids Cool’, a statewide initiative to provide awareness about leaving children in hot cars. It may seem like common sense, but statistics show that these deaths are continuing to happen across the U.S.

According to the National Safety Council, 52 children died in 2019 of vehicular heatstroke and Kentucky accounted for two of those. One child in Texas has already died this year from being left in a hot car. Since 1998, there have been 850 child-related vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. These include instances where a child has been forgotten in a car, accidentally locks themselves in a vehicle or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car.

KSP spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson says the most common reason children are left in a hot car is the parent or caregiver forget they are there. A majority of parents are misinformed and like to believe they could never ‘forget’ about their child.

“As both a trooper and a father, I can’t emphasize enough the danger involved with hyperthermia,” says Lawson. “None of us want to believe that we would get so distracted with our day or other activities that we would exit our vehicle without our child. But it happens and it happens too often.”

Lawson continues to say that it can be a matter of minutes before a child is in distress from being left in a hot car.

“Temperatures inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes,” adds Lawson. “When you combine that with a warm weather day and the facts that a child’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than adult, you have a recipe for disaster.”

In 2000, Kentucky passed “Bryan’s Law,” which makes a person liable for second-degree manslaughter or first-degree wanton endangerment for leaving a child younger than eight years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances pose a grave risk of death.  The law was named after 11-month old Bryan Puckett, who died July 13, 1999 after being left in a hot car by his babysitter.

Lawson offers the following safety tips:

  • Look before you lock. Make this a priority and a habit.
  • Never leave a child in an unattended car, even with the windows down.
  • Make it a habit of opening the rear door of the car every time you park to ensure no one is left inside.
  • To enforce this habit, place an item that you can’t start your day without such as a purse, briefcase, employee badge, phone, etc.
  • When at home, keep your vehicle locked at all times, even in the garage.
  • Never leave keys within reach of children.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the inside, floorboards and trunk of all vehicles in the area.

KSP asks citizens to keep an eye out for children left in vehicles on hot days and to call 911 if they see an unaccompanied child in distress.

 

* https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/motor-vehicle-safety-issues/hotcars/

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Man Charged With Burning A Baby in Hot Water

 

On Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1:30pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to Taylor Regional Hospital in reference to possible child abuse involving a small child with burns. After an investigation, 21-year-old Tahj C. Martin of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under). He was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center. Det. Josh Coffey is the investigating officer.

 

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Campbellsville Police Investigate Accident Monday

 

Campbellsville Police responded to an injury collision on West Broadway (US 68) Monday afternoon at 2:25pm. A 2010 Chevrolet Silverado operated by 21-year-old Stephen J. Railey of Springfield, KY collided with a 2008 Saturn Aura operated by 42-year-old Ginger M. Dawn of Campbellsville. Dawn along with a passenger, 47-year-old Angela D. Butler, were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Railey was not injured.

 

Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Fire, and Campbellsville-Taylor county EMS worked the afternoon mishap.

                    

Investigating Officer: Officer Josh Patrick

 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 26, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We are going to get through this together because we are strong, we are resilient, and for the most part over this Memorial Day weekend, we showed that we can continue to do the right thing,” said Gov. Beshear. “Even with the ability to see more people, we know that COVID-19 is still out there, it’s still deadly, it’s still dangerous, but if we can take the Healthy at Work precautions and put those in our muscle memory, we can successfully reopen our economy.”
 
Gov. Beshear also offered updates about a weekend protest at the Capitol, the need continued social distancing and efforts to address an outbreak at a Jefferson County facility.
 
Capitol protest
Gov. Beshear addressed a weekend protest at the Capitol that garnered national attention when a small group marched onto the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion and hung an effigy in a nearby tree.
 
The Governor talked about the decision to move his family to Frankfort, the first governor’s family – kids and all – to do so in over 30 years.
 
“I worried about a number of things. How would living in the community – with their dad as governor – affect my kids? What would it feel like to live in a house where people toured several days each week?” Gov. Beshear said. “One thing I never thought about, never questioned, was their personal safety. While I worried kids might be mean to them from time to time, I did not consider they might be bullied or heckled by adults.”
 
The Governor noted that his administration had offered the demonstrators a drive-up protesting permit but the organizers declined. He described how a right-wing militia group marched onto the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion.
 
“And there, just a windowpane away from where my kids often played, they chanted and heckled,” Gov. Beshear said. “While they were thankfully not there, I want to remind you my kids are 9- and 10-years old.”
 
The Governor called out the members of the group for engaging in acts meant to intimidate as well as politicians and officeholders who have encouraged them.
 
“You cannot fan the flames and condemn the fire,” he said.
 
Gov. Beshear said he would remain undaunted.
 
“I owe it to the people of Kentucky to not bow to terror, but keep doing what’s right for our citizens,” the Governor said. “Living my faith means I have to face adversity without losing my values.”
 
Resiliency urged 
Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack talked about the need to continue to follow social distancing rules and to use masks.
 
“There is no doubt that this infection has taken a horrible toll on humanity, and it will continue to take a toll until we have a vaccine or effective treatment. Until then, we’re left with old-school, old-fashioned public health measures which we know work, but are difficult to implement because they require us to make sacrifices,” Dr. Stack said. “Nobody likes wearing masks, including me. But it’s important that we wear them. The evidence is absolutely overwhelmingly clear that a small number of large events or a small number of large gatherings with one or two infected folks spread this thing like wildfire.”
 
Facility outbreak
Secretary Eric Friedlander of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services provided an update on efforts to address a coronavirus outbreak at a Jefferson County facility.
 
Gov. Beshear is closely monitoring the situation at Nazareth Home Clifton, along with Secretary Friedlander and Dr. Stack. State agencies are working with facility operators and Louisville Metro to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the residents and staff there.
 
“Long-term care facilities across the world, across the nation and across this state have been and will continue to be a challenge. So we’ve started aggressive testing. We’ve tested over 11,000 staff and residents in facilities across Kentucky.
 
This weekend, we tested an entire facility, Nazareth Clifton, in Louisville. We had many positives, 39 residents and 20 staff,” said Secretary Friedlander. “Over time, it became clear that facility was going to have a hard time finding enough [healthy] staff to take care of all residents, so we began an aggressive plan to transfer COVID-19 positive residents out to local hospitals. We were able to transfer those residents into the hospitals successfully and stabilize that facility. We made sure we were making the right decisions for everyone there, both staff and residents.”
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 26, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,951 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 387 of which were newly confirmed through the Memorial Day weekend. That included 141 cases reported Sunday, 122 cases reported Monday and 117 cases reported Tuesday.
 
“These are some of the lowest daily numbers we have seen,” the Governor said. “But that is fragile, and with a disease that can so easily spread we have to want and put into action our desire to see that downward movement.”
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported three new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 394 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“Let’s remember, every death is tragic,” said Gov. Beshear. “Three new families, and 394 families total are still grieving. We’ll be turning our green lights back on at the Mansion on that same front porch. We show compassion there, not anger. We show love there, not hate.”
 
The deaths reported Tuesday include an 85-year-old woman from Adair County, a 63-year-old man from Allen County and a 72-year-old woman from Jefferson County.
 
At least 3,115 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear continued to encourage Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19.
 
The recommended per capita testing rate is 100 per 100,000. In the seven days ending Tuesday, the daily average of Kentuckians tested per 100,000 residents was significantly higher at 138.
 
Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Absentee Ballot Application Portal online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in next month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.
 

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Taylor Co. Man Arrested after Passing Out Behind the Wheel

 

On Monday, May 25, 2020 at 7:40pmET, Campbellsville Police received a call of a motorist passed out behind the wheel on South Columbia Avenue. Officer Josh Patrick (with the assistance of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office) located the vehicle in question at Marathon on South Columbia Avenue.
 
After an investigation, 38-year-old Nathan L. Edwards of Greensburg, KY was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Cocaine)
 
Edwards was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

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KSP CHARGE WOMAN WITH BURGLARY

 

Kentucky State Police arrested 39-year-old Tabitha Couch over the holiday weekend.

 

Couch was charged with Burglary 2nd, DUI, Speeding and Careless driving. The arrest was made in Taylor County.

 

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Taylor County Couple Charged With Abusing a Child

In October 2019 Campbellsville Police with the assistance of Child Protective Services opened an investigation after receiving a call from Taylor Regional Hospital of possible child abuse.  After a lengthy investigation, 26 year old Robert Adkins and 21 year old Ursula Adkins of Campbellsville were indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury in March of 2020.

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 both Robert and Ursula Adkins were arrested by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office on the outstanding Grand Jury Indictment warrants. 

 

Mr. Robert Adkins was charged with;

Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under)

Wanton Endangerment 1st degree

Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree

Mrs. Ursula Adkins was charged with;

Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under)

Wanton Endangerment 1st degree

Both were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

 

Investigating Officers: Det. Nelson Bishop

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Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on Progress Fighting COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on guidelines for reopening safely as the state battles the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We’re going to get through this together because just like Healthy at Home, we’re going to be Healthy at Work in a way where we’re are going to do this better that just about anybody else out there,” the Governor said.
 
Case information
As of 4:00pmCT on Thursday, May 21st, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,236 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 135 of which were newly confirmed Thursday.
 
“We may be more than just plateaued, we may be in true reduction in what we’re seeing about the spread,” said Gov. Beshear. “Where we are now compared to where we were even three weeks ago is a much better place.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 10 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 386 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
Gov. Beshear said, “Ten more individuals. Ten more than we wanted to lose. Let’s make sure we’re thinking about them and their families tonight.”
 
The deaths reported Thursday include a 93-year-old woman from Jackson County, a 62-year-old man from Fayette County, 73-year-old woman from Adair County, a 72-year-old man from Simpson County, two 56-year-old women from Warren County, an 81-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman from Oldham County, and 69- and 78-year-old men from Jefferson County.
 
At least 3,008 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20200521_COVID19_Case-Information.pdf.
 
Child care reopening
Today, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander announced that on June 8, in-home child care programs can open. On June 15, center-based licensed child care programs can reopen to all families.
 
“Today is a day of really good news for many people. Child care is one of the areas we know is critical to reopening the economy. It is critical to parents and has been critical to our essential workers,” said Sec. Friedlander. “It’s always a balance between protecting ourselves and our families and going to back to being Healthy at Work.”
 
The maximum group size will be 10 children per group. Children will remain in the same groups all day and staff will be assigned to the same children each day to reduce exposure. All adults must wear a face mask while in any child care program (in-home or center-based). Children 5 or younger should not wear masks, but older children may wear masks as they are able.
 
Programs should stagger playground time, eliminate center-wide family events, eliminate field trips and use centralized drop-off/pick-up locations to eliminate unnecessary traffic to classrooms and reduce exposure.
 
Sec. Friedlander also highlighted support for providers. All programs – in-home and center-based – will receive additional funding for cleaning and PPE supplies. Continued assistance will be available from state personnel and resources.
 
Click to see the complete guidance for in-home child care and center-based child care.
 
Healthy at Work
Today, the Governor also announced auctions could be held starting June 1. Horse shows can be held again starting on June 8. Bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer and venues that hold 50 people or fewer can reopen June 29 if they meet guidelines.
 
Businesses that are opening May 22 at 33% capacity can expand to 50% capacity a month later, on June 22, if they meet the guidelines.
 
“Based on the numbers we are seeing right now, we think we will be responsible and that we can hit it at that time,” said Gov. Beshear. “It all depends on how good we do at being Healthy at Work.”  
 
For more information on the Healthy at Work timeline and industry requirements, click here: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work.
 
Kentucky students eligible for new emergency food benefits
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
 
Beginning May 23, Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance to replace those meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
 
“These parents will be provided some additional benefits so they can use that to feed their children so that they don’t go hungry because they’re missing meals at school,” said CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander. “When you apply for these benefits, it’s not just you as the individual that benefits. It’s your grocers, it’s your local businesses, it is the entire food system in Kentucky that benefits.”  
 
Families who already receive assistance can receive P-EBT in addition to other benefits their household may get. Children who already receive SNAP, Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program assistance, Kinship Care or Medicaid will automatically receive P-EBT on their EBT cards and do not need to apply separately. P-EBT benefits will be added to existing EBT cards no later than May 28. Families of all other children must complete a short online application and will be mailed an EBT card with instructions on how to activate and use their card. Apply or get information from June 2 through June 30 at www.benefind.ky.gov or 855-306-8959.
 
Students who became eligible for free or reduced lunch after March 13 are eligible for P-EBT. For more information, click here: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=CHFS&prId=273.
 
Memorial Day Weekend
Keeping safe while celebrating together is crucial as we enter the traditional start of the summer season. Gov. Beshear and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
 
“We’ve done a wonderful job coming together and showing our care and concern for each other in Kentucky,” said Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. “The works not over, and if we take our eye off the ball, in June or July, we’ll have the very problem we’ve averted so far.”
 
Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently and covering food and individually wrapping plates.
 
Testing expansion
On Thursday, Gov. Beshear continued to encourage Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19. Kentucky’s testing capacity now exceeds the daily average recommended by the White House to safely begin reopening the economy.
 
The recommended per capita testing rate is 100 per 100,000. In the seven days ending Tuesday, the daily average of Kentuckians tested per 100,000 residents was significantly higher at 138.
 
Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 

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Summersville Man Dies in Garage Fire-UPDATED

 

A Summersville, KY man died in a garage fire on Tuesday afternoon in Hart County near the Green County line.

 

According to Hart County Coroner Anthony Roberts, the male victim died around 3:30 p.m. in the fire that occurred just outside Linwood on Bennett Road in Hart County, KY approx. 1/4 mile from the Green County line.

 

The victim has been identified as Freddie Wells, 67, of Summersville. 99.9 The Big Dawg has learned Wells perished in the fire, the garage was a total loss.

 

Kentucky State police are investigation fatal fire.

 

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Emerald Isle Fire at Green River Lake

 

The Campbellsville-Taylor County Fire Dept was dispatched to Emerald Isle Marina on Wednesday afternoon. 99.9 the Big Dawg News has learned that the business office area on the hill from the Marina caught fire. Smoke and fire damage was reported. 

 

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Casey County Man Arrested on Assault Charges...

 

Middleburg, KY (May 20, 2020) - On May 19, 2020 at 4:48pmET, Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a shooting that occurred in the limits of Kings Mountain on High Ridge Rd. Upon arrival, Units located 45-year-old Mark Baxter of Middleburg, KY who had been shot at his residence following an altercation with 43 year old Daniel Porter. Porter fled the scene; the vehicle he was in was located a a short time later. Porter was arrested and charged with Assault 1st degree and lodged in the Casey County Detention Center.

 

This incident remains under investigation by Detective Josh Dicken. KSP was assisted at the scene by Casey County EMS and the Casey County Sheriff’s Department. Baxter was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

 

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Metcalfe County Accident results in 1 Driver being Arrested...

 

Summer Shade, KY. (May 18, 2020) – Kentucky State Police investigated a 2-vehicle injury collision on KY 90 near Summer Shade on Monday around 10:05 a.m. CT.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2016 Toyota being operated by 42-year-old Robert Amback of Crestwood, was traveling East on KY 90 at a slow speed. A 2005 Kenworth truck, operated by 55-year-old Gary Dile of Greensburg, was traveling East on KY 90 following Amback. Dile attempted to pass, and while doing so Amback made a left turn onto Pitcock Road into the path of Dile resulting in the collision.

 

Amback and Dile were both wearing seatbelts. Barren-Metcalfe EMS transported both drivers to T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.   

 

Kentucky State Police arrested Amback for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. He was lodged in the Barren County Jail.

 

Sgt. Randall Honeycutt investigated the collision. He was assisted by the Metcalfe Co Sheriff’s Office, Barren-Metcalfe EMS, and Summer Shade Fire Department.

 

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Man Crashes on Broadway Knocking out Traffic Lights

 

On Monday, May 18, 2020 at 9:53amET, Campbellsville Police responded to East Broadway and London Drive to a vehicle collision with injuries. 

 

51 year old Daniel W. Massman of Erlanger, KY was operating a 2015 GMC Sierra and suffered a medical emergency, causing him to leave the roadway and strike a traffic light support pole. As a result of the collision, East Broadway was shut down for approximately 2 hours. 

 

Massman was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS for treatment of his injuries. 

No other vehicles were involved.

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff Office, Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, and Campbellsville Fire.

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Jacob Hedgespeth

 

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Gov. Beshear Contact Tracing Key to Safe Reopening of Economy

 
FRANKFORT, KY (May 18, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday said Kentuckians will continue to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), get back to work and safely reopen the economy by being tested and participating in contact tracing.   
                         
The Governor called on Kentuckians to support contact tracing: “Team Kentucky needs you – answer the call if a public health worker contacts you. Contact tracing is key to protecting the health of our communities as we begin to reopen our economy. We are relying on more testing combined with increased contact tracing and for everyone to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”
 
The Governor also announced the appointment of Mark Carter as executive adviser leading the contact tracing efforts in the Office of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
 
“We are excited to have Mark leverage his vast Kentucky health care experience to lead COVID-19 contact tracing. His leadership, along with the team at the Department for Public Health and Kentuckians’ support, will help protect the health and safety of more Kentucky families,” he added.
 
“Thank you, Governor,” said Carter. “I do sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve the commonwealth in this capacity. I have long been an admirer of our state Department for Public Health and the local health departments and the work they do every day that is completely unsung.
 
“We must reopen the economy, but we have to protect our children, our families and friends from another outbreak of COVID-19, and we do that through contact tracing,” he added.
 
Carter will work closely with Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack and public health staff. Carter is a certified public accountant and has 40 years of experience in the health care industry.
 
CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander noted that Carter’s health care strategy and leadership is critical as we continue to reopen Kentucky for business.
 
Contact tracing, which is funded through the CARES Act, is expanding to meet both the White House and Governor’s benchmarks for safely reopening the economy. Each state and territory is using contact tracing as a tool to fight the spread of COVID-19.
 
Carter said the expanded seven-month contact tracing program combines public participation and the power of technology to help public health officials and health care providers contain the spread of COVID-19. Carter said information provided is kept completely private and confidential. Information regarding the individuals who have COVID-19 and people they have made in-person contact with recently is not released or made public. To view a video explaining contact tracing click here.
 
“Contact tracing is not new, it was used to help eradicate smallpox and is commonly used today to contain tuberculosis and other infections. It makes sense to use the same tools and technology to contain COVID-19,” Carter said. “Kentucky residents will be contacted if they have been exposed to an individual testing positive for COVID-19, to give instructions on how to self-quarantine and help reduce the spread to other individuals.”
 
The Department for Public Health is working with Deloitte Consulting to launch the statewide effort to gather information about contacts from newly diagnosed patients. Health officials will notify those people of their potential exposure and advise them of precautions they can take to protect their health and the health of those around them.
 
“This effort will help to best document COVID-positive Kentuckians and quickly track those who may have been in close contact with them so they can take the appropriate steps to prevent any further spread of the virus,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Public communications, including posters, videos, PSAs and social media campaigns, will help Kentuckians understand contact tracing and what to do if a public health worker contacts them.
 
Carter pointed out Kentuckians’ role in contact tracing, which includes knowing that: 
Public health workers may reach out to those who have contracted COVID-19 to assess their situation and track any recent in-person contacts.
 
Contacts will be notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, are provided instructions and connected to local resources.
 
By following instructions provided, contacts help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of Kentuckians.
Helping to communicate the importance of contact tracing, you are supporting bringing people back to work and reopening Kentucky’s economy.
 
Dr. Stack said: “We are going to hire about 700 people and we will have to deploy these folks very effectively to help contain the infection. Contact tracing is the way we get back to as much as possible what normal used to be like. Contact tracing is the way we act very quickly to localize infection to keep it from spreading and enable us to get back to interacting with each other as much as we can.”
 
The Governor reiterated that every step would be taken to protect Kentuckians’ privacy. 
 
On May 1, a request for proposal (RFP) was posted for prospective vendors to fulfill staffing for three job classifications, disease investigators, contact tracers and social support connectors. Currently $112 million in CARES Act funding for additional contact tracing staffing is effective through Dec. 31, 2020. A final list of all approved vendors will be posted to KYCOVID19.ky.gov.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 18, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 7,935 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 138 of which were newly confirmed Monday and 122 confirmed Sunday.
 
“Remember we are not just our brother and sisters’ keeper that we know. We are our brother and sisters’ keeper for everybody across the state and this country knowing that asymptotic spread happens,” said Gov. Beshear. “We never really know exactly who the virus could possibly reach, but you can do all the steps to make sure you’re not spreading it to other people.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported three new deaths Sunday and nine Monday, raising the total to 346 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Sunday include three men, ages 68, 78 and 79, from Jefferson County. The deaths reported Monday include two men, ages 50 and 96, and seven women, ages 69, 76, 77, 79, 83, 89 and 102 all from Jefferson County.
 
“Let’s continue to shine those green lights,” the Governor said. “Let’s continue to be a really good neighbor and help each other out.”
 
At least 2,785 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here for Monday and Sunday.  
 
Child illness update
The Governor said two more children were ill with Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS), a syndrome that is causing serious health problems for some young people.
 
PMIS is a rare illness being seen in some children who have been infected with COVID-19. About a month after a coronavirus infection, children and teenagers with PMIS develop fever accompanied by abdominal pain and, often, swollen hands, feet and lymph nodes.
 
The Governor said a 5-year-old was in the hospital but is now home, and an 11-year-old is currently hospitalized. Dr. Stack previously reported that two Kentuckians, a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old, were treated. The 10-year-old remains hospitalized but is improving.
 
Dr. Stack said the department issued a PMIS advisory last week, which provides guidance, key points about the syndrome, possible symptoms and reporting directions. Dr. Stack said the Kentucky Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline (800-722-5725) staffed by Norton Children’s Hospital is prepared to answer questions from both parents and clinicians about PMIS.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear said in partnership with Kroger, new testing locations would open in Richmond, Mayfield, Louisville and Hartford this week. Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Long-term care testing 
Dr. Stack said testing would occur at 23 long-term care facilities this week. “All major providers are on board,” said Dr. Stack. 
 
“Norton will be doing onsite testing at two facilities this week, and over the next two days 1,901 staff and 1,637 residents for a total of 3,538 tests will be completed.”
 
Healthy at Work
The Healthy at Work website now includes guidance for barbershops, cosmetology, hair salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors. Gov. Beshear said the state would also be expanding June 1 reopening guidance to include aquatic centers (which does not include public pools), fishing tournaments and auto/dirt track racing.
 

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Taylor County Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident

 

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that Bradley Sturgill, 30, of Campbellsville was traveling on Highway 527 on his 2007 Honda motorcycle when a deer ran into the roadway, causing him to lose control of the motorcycle. Sturgill was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital with an arm and foot injury.

 

The motorcycle accident occurred Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm and was investigated by Dickie Benningfield. 

 

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Campbellsville Water Company Will Flush Fire Hydrants

 

The Campbellsville Water Company will flush hydrants in the city May 18th thru May 22nd. Flushing will begin at 7:00 am and end at 3:00pm. Hydrants will be flushed to ensure they are operating properly and to improve water quality be removing sediments from the system. Customers may notice temporary water discoloration, air in lines, and low pressure as lines are flushed in their area of the system. Avoid washing clothes until discoloration clears. If these conditions persist, please call the water office at 270-789-3133 or after hours at 270-465-5591 to report the problem.

 

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Marion County Teen Facing Multiple Charges After Police Chase

 

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that his deputies were called to a disturbance on East Lemmons Bend Road.

 

Officers attempted to stop William Connor Cornish, 19, of Lebanon, KY when he led police on a high speed chase. The chase ended in Marion County with Cornish being charged with 5 counts of Wanton Endangerment (on a police officer), 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Fleeing or Evading Police, DUI and numerous other traffic charges. Cornish was lodged in the Taylor County Jail.

 

The Taylor County Sheriffs Dept. was assisted by Cambellsville Police, KSP, Fish and Wildlife and the Marion County Sheriffs Dept.

 

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Taylor County Women Arrested in Columbia on Heroin Charges

 

Early this morning (Thursday), Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop on a 2011 Ford passenger car at 2:09 a.m. on the Veterans Memorial (Columbia) Bypass. As a result of the stop, 2 females from Taylor County were arrested for Possession of Heroin & other charges.


The driver, 27-year-old Mackenzie Wagoner was charged with:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Heroin)
  • No Drivers License
  • Reckless driving 
  • Operating a motor Vehicle under the influence of drugs
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
  • Disregarding a Traffic Control Device. 
 
Also arrested was a passenger, 27-year-old Ann Keith, who was charged with:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Heroin) and 
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 

K-9 Deputy Durbin was assisted by Columbia Police Officer Kevin Atwood along with K-9 “Anne” (who was utilized in the search) and Trevor Foster.   
 

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Green County Men Fight Over Video Game

 

Green County Sheriff Robbie Beard reports that his department received a call of a fight in progress Tuesday night near the Taylor/Green County line on Taylor Chapel Road just inside of Green County. 

 
Sheriff Beard told 99.9 The Big Dawg News that the two men were fighting over a video game when things took a turn for the worse. Micheal Withrow, 21, of Greensburg, KY struck Dalton Smothers with his automobile.
 
Smothers was airlifted to a Louisville hospital with a severe head injury. Withrow was arrested and charged with Felony Assault and Wanton Endangerment and lodged in the Taylor County Jail.
 
The case is expected to be presented to the Commonwealth Attorney Office in Campbellsville.
 

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Taylor Co. Man Injured In 4-Wheeler Accident

 

Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg News that John Roution, 34, of Campbellsville was operating his 4-wheeler on Newton Lane when a dog ran out into the roadway causing Roution to lose control and overturn.

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Roution was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville for treatment.
 
The mishap occurred just after 7pmET on Tuesday night and was investigated by Sgt. Mark Dicken with the Taylor County Sheriffs Office. 
 

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Homeplace on Green River Employees Tiffany Kessler

 
Adair County’s Tiffany Kessler has been selected by the Homeplace on Green River’s executive committee as Homeplace’s full-time program director. She is the farm’s first full-time employee and will be responsible for shepherding many of the activities at Homeplace including the farm’s role as Kentucky’s Outdoor Classroom, marketing, administration, public activities, and fundraising.  
 
The Board interviewed several well-qualified applicants and chose Ms. Kessler as the best fit for Homeplace. She brings to Homeplace 18 years of experience in writing and editing news, maintaining contact with community leaders, serving as a Congressional field representative and working with agricultural entities such as Farmer’s Pride and The Center for Rural Development. She is well known and respected well beyond Adair County.  She is passionate about Southcentral Kentucky, especially preservation of its heritage and assuring our young people maintain that heritage.
 
Ms. Kessler’s hiring is possible thanks to a generous grant from the William Schmidt Family Foundation. The Schmidt Foundation has also supported other activities at Homeplace.

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