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KSP Trooper Indicted on Theft Charges

 
A Kentucky State Police Trooper has been indicted for TBUT over $10,000 but less than $1 million and Abuse of Public Trust, both Class C Felonies.
 
The indictments against Daniel S. Forbis, age 42 of Salem Church Road, Campbellsville, KY were filed on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Franklin Circuit Court.
 
COUNT 1
The Grand Jury charges that between on or about the 17th day of June 2023 and on or about the 18th day of February 2024 in Franklin County, KY, Daniel S. Forbis committed the offense of Theft by Unlawful taking of Property valued at over $10,000 but less than $1,000,000, when he unlawfully took or exercised control over movable property belonging to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and/or the Kentucky State Police, with the intent to deprive such entity or entities thereof.
 
COUNT 2
The Grand Jury charges that between on or about the 17th day of June 2023, and on or about the 18th day of February 2024, in Franklin County, KY, Daniel S. Forbis committed the offense of Abuse of Public Trust when he, acting as a public servant entrusted with public property by reason of his employment with the Commonwealth of Kentucky or a governmental instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, or exercising the  functions of a public officer or employee or participating in a governmental function, obtained public property in excess of $10,000 from or through the Kentucky State Police, subject to a known legal obligation to make specified disposition thereof, and intentionally dealt with such public property as his own and failed to make the required disposition. 
 
Forbis graduated from the KSP Academy in August 2017.
 
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 

KSP Trooper Indicted on Theft Charges

 

A Kentucky State Police Trooper with KSP Post 15 in Columbia has been indicted for TBUT over $10,000 but less than $1 million and Abuse of Public Trust, both Class C Felonies.
 
The indictments against Daniel S. Forbis, age 42 of Salem Church Road, Campbellsville, KY were filed on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Franklin Circuit Court.
 
COUNT 1
The Grand Jury charges that between on or about the 17th day of June 2023 and on or about the 18th day of February 2024 in Franklin County, KY, Daniel S. Forbis committed the offense of Theft by Unlawful taking of Property valued at over $10,000 but less than $1,000,000, when he unlawfully took or exercised control over movable property belonging to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and/or the Kentucky State Police, with the intent to deprive such entity or entities thereof.
 
COUNT 2
The Grand Jury charges that between on or about the 17th day of June 2023, and on or about the 18th day of February 2024, in Franklin County, KY, Daniel S. Forbis committed the offense of Abuse of Public Trust when he, acting as a public servant entrusted with public property by reason of his employment with the Commonwealth of Kentucky or a governmental instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, or exercising the  functions of a public officer or employee or participating in a governmental function, obtained public property in excess of $10,000 from or through the Kentucky State Police, subject to a known legal obligation to make specified disposition thereof, and intentionally dealt with such public property as his own and failed to make the required disposition. 
 
Forbis graduated from the KSP Academy in August 2017.
 
Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.
 

Taylor County Indictments 5/23/24

 

A Taylor County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments against several individuals. Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

Taylor County Firemen Battled Structure Fire

Taylor County Fire Department was dispatched to a garage fire Thursday evening at 6:50pm at 365 Spurlington Church Rd.
Upon arrival firefighters found a detached garage heavily involved, one nearby structure sustained minor damage from radiant heat. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental. No injuries were reported. Twenty Four Firefighters and three apparatus responded. Units were on scene for approximately 90 minutes.

Adair County Man Faces Felony Assault Charges after Saturday Morning Incident

COLUMBIA, KY – On May 11, 2024 at approximately 7:55 a.m. The Kentucky State Police received a call from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office requesting investigative assistance with a vehicle collision and shooting that occurred on KY 704 in Adair County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Gregory Jarrod Willis, age 50 of Columbia, and Mark Shawn Hatcher, age 46 of Columbia, were involved in a vehicle collision on KY 704.  Immediately after the collision, Willis armed himself with a firearm and discharged it, striking Hatcher.  A passenger in Hatcher’s vehicle, William  "Wes" Feese, age 23 of Columbia, was also injured during the vehicle collision.  Both Hatcher and Feese were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Willis fled from the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival and a search for him ensued.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Willis for Assault 1st Degree.  On May 11, 2024 at approximately 1:56 p.m. troopers located Willis in a wooded area on Paul Frankum Road in Adair County.  Willis was arrested without incident by Trooper Jake Smith and charged with Assault 1st Degree.  Willis was lodged in the Adair County Detention Center.

The case remains under investigation by Detective Mike Dubree.  Det. Dubree was assisted by other KSP Troopers and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. 

Taylor County Indictments 5/9/24


A Taylor County Grand Jury has returned indictments against several individuals. Indictments are legal accusations and do not determine guilt or innocence.

 

Campbellsville Man Shot & Killed, Deputy Sheriff Shot in Leg

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (May 7, 2024) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has been requested by the Campbellsville Police Department (CPD) and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred on May 7, 2024 at approximately 4:28 P.M. EST at 401 Pitman Avenue in Campbellsville.

Big Dawg News has learned that Terry Thompson age 65 of Campbellsville fired a shot and struck Taylor County Deputy Mark Dicken in the leg,  Thompson was then shot and killed by Campbellsville Police.

Dicken was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital, Thompson was pronounced dead by the Taylor County Coroner.

At the request of the CPD and TCSO, KSP Post 15 Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene on Pitman Avenue in the city limits of Campbellsville. KSP initiated an investigation into the incident and it remains ongoing by the CIRT.

KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the Commonwealth as requested by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP’s standard operating procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered. Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.

Kentucky State Police Charge Fourteen People for Cruelty to Animals in Casey County

BETHELRIDGE, Ky. (May 6, 2024) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia has conducted an investigation into an animal cruelty complaint reported in Casey County on Sunday May 5. As a result of the investigation, fourteen people have been charged for their involvement in the incident that occurred yesterday afternoon in the Bethelridge community of Casey County. 

On May 5, 2024, at approximately 12:00 P.M. EST, KSP Post 15 received a call from an individual stating there was an organized chicken-fighting event occurring at a residence located on KY 837.  Troopers responded to the residence and upon arrival made contact with several individuals that were on the property.  Troopers located a caged area with seating around it for spectators, several injured chickens, and a concessions area on the property.  Leo Harris, age 59, and Christopher Harris, age 39, both from Bethelridge, were arrested and charged with Cruelty to Animals 2nd Degree.  Both were lodged in the Casey County Detention Center. 

Twelve additional individuals were charged and cited to court for Cruelty to Animals 2nd Degree, including:

  • Steven Wesley, age 35 of Science Hill
  • Tiffany Robinson, age 35 of Liberty
  • Tyler Gillilan, age 22 of Eubank
  • James Croucher, age 38 of Mount Vernon
  • Brandon Mounce, age 39 of Lancaster
  • Randall Emerson, age 49 of Bethelridge
  • Kaleb Chansler, age 33 of Middleburg
  • Ronald Sharp, age 47 of Russell Springs
  • Dormas Bullock, age 72 of Eubank
  • Jeffrey Owens, age 53 of Stanford
  • David Bradshaw, age 65 of Bethelridge
  • Shawn Harris, age 35 of Russell Springs

The case remains ongoing and is being investigated by Trooper Maverick Gadberry.  Trooper Gadberry was assisted at the scene by Trooper Matthew Lee and Sergeant Levi Scott.

Saturday Shooting in Campbellsville, Man Injured, Two People Arrested by CPD

On Saturday, May 4, 2024 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Campbellsville Police received a call of shots fired at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Baptist Street, Campbellsville Police Chief Shannon Wilson told 99.9 the Big dawg,  it was determined that 27-year old Brandon Berry and 25-year old Dasean Murdock both of Campbellsville, got into a verbal altercation, Murdock then produced a firearm and began shooting at Berry, striking him one (1) time. Murdock was a passenger in a vehicle being operated by 44-year old Karen Wilcher also of Campbellsville. Murdock and Wilcher fled the scene after the incident. At approximately 3:19 p.m., Campbellsville Police, Kentucky State Police and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 383 White Pine Circle and arrested 44-year old Karen Wilcher and 25-year old Dasean Murdock charging them both with Assault 1st degree. The victim, Brandon Berry was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment. Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024 Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: Campbellsville, KY Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Kentucky State Police, and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. Investigating Officers: Officer Chris Milby Approving Supervisor: Chief Shannon Wilson.

KSP Investigates Two Deadly Shootings in Russell County

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (May 4, 2024) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is investigating two deadly shootings that occurred Friday evening in Russell County. 

On May 3, 2024 at approximately 7:00 P.M. CST, KSP Post 15 received a call from Pulaski County 911 requesting assistance locating a Ford F150 believed to be operated by Angela Gosser, age 56 of Russell Springs.  Troopers responded to the Russell County to attempt to locate the vehicle.  At approximately 7:24 P.M. CST, Russell County 911 contacted KSP Post 15 and requested investigative assistance with a deadly shooting incident that had occurred at a residence on South KY 619 in Russell County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Angela Gosser had arrived at a residence on South KY 619 belonging to her brother, Darryl Wilson, age 58 of Jamestown.  Once at the residence, Ms. Gosser armed herself with a firearm and forced entry into the residence.  Upon Ms. Gosser entering the residence, there was an apparent exchange of gunfire between Ms. Gosser and Mr. Wilson with both individuals receiving gunshot wounds.  Mr. Wilson was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.  Ms. Gosser injuries were fatal and she was pronounced deceased by the Russell County Coroner.

While at the scene on South KY 619, KSP received a request for a welfare check on Angela Gosser’s sister, Jennifer Wilson, age 57 of Russell Springs.  Family members of Ms. Wilson reported they had been unable to make contact with her, causing them to become concerned for her safety.  KSP Troopers and Russell County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Hammond Road in Russell County.  Troopers and Deputies located a Toyota Camry partially off the roadway when they arrived on Hammond Road.  Upon contact with the vehicle, a lone occupant, Jennifer Wilson, was located in the driver’s seat with apparent fatal gunshot wounds to the head.  The preliminary investigation revealed that before the incident at her brother’s residence on South KY 619, Ms. Gosser encountered Ms. Wilson on Hammond Road.  Ms. Gosser armed herself with a firearm and fired multiple rounds into the passenger area of the vehicle, fatally striking Ms. Wilson.  Ms. Wilson was pronounced deceased by the Russell County Coroner. 

KSP was assisted at the scene by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Police Department, Russell County EMS, and the Russell County Coroner’s Office. The investigation is ongoing by Detective James Ford.

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Sheriff Says Accident Wednesday on West Main Was DUI Related

Taylor County Sheriffs Department investigated a one vehicle accident Wednesday on West Main Street, sheriff Dickie Benningfield told 99.9 the Big Dawg News that Lucas Milby age 34 of Campbellsville was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control and struck the bridge and over pass, an overturned the automobile.

Milby was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital and is charged with driving under the influence.

 

Barn Destroyed by Fire Tuesday Night

Taylor County Fire Department was dispatched to 900 Bridlewood Park for a Barn Fire at 8:16pm, upon arrival fire fighters found a large barn fully involved. the structure was described as a total loss, twenty one firefighters responded with four apparatus. No injuries reported.

Tuesday 4/30/24

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FS: metal roofing, 270-465-4316
FS: Reagan sign, Burgar Queen item's, 270-403-4578
FS: baby swing, high chair, 502-827-3840
Want: turkey, guniney's, 502-827-3840
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FS: couch, 919-922-7200
FS: ut trailers, 270-469-5482
FS: tatoo items, 270-283-8614
Lost dog, Siberian Husky-Smith Ridge area, 270-283-2584
FS: guiney, 270-402-7540
FS: antiques, 270-405-4087
FS: Cub Cadet riding mower, 270-932-1322
FS: vanity for bath room, 270-299-5652
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FS: roll top, 270-283-8737
FS: Coleman lantern's, 270-469-6273
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Teenage Piano Player Seriously Injured in Friday Accident in Adair County

On Friday, April 26, 2024 at approximately 6pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to Edmonton Road (KY80), two miles west of Columbia to a reported auto collision.   
   
The preliminary investigation shows that 16-year-old Jack Fishback of Columbia, KY was operating a 2004 Ford Ranger traveling west on Edmonton Rd. Fishback dropped off the right-hand shoulder of the highway and in an attempt to recover the vehicle, overcorrected. He then lost control of the vehicle, crossed over into the eastbound lane, and ran off the roadway down an embankment.

  
Evidence suggests that Fishback had wrecked almost an hour before he was found. A passing motorist thought he seen a reflection of the sun over the embankment as he drove by, and thankfully turned around and went back to see what it was.  


Jack Fishback was treated on scene by Adair EMS then transported to TJ Health Columbia where he was airlifted by Air Evac to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

Deputy Jason Camfield is continuing the investigation. In addition to the Adair County Sheriffs Office.

 

Fishback is the talented young pianist who plays often on 99.9 the Big Dawg.

Taylor County Man Faces Charges in Adair County

On Monday morning, April 29, 2024 it was reported to Officers within the Adair Judicial Center that a male subject was in the parking lot exposing himself inside a vehicle.


Contact was made with the individual while he was still in his car. It was determined the subject was under the influence and K9 Unit Cally was deployed and alerted on the subject's vehicle. A search of the auto yielded findings of drug paraphernalia and suspected narcotics.


Merle Hourigan, 63, of Campbellsville, KY was charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Indecent Exposure, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine).

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest.

Road Worker Struck and Killed While Working on Highway 210 in LaRue County

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is investigating a fatal collision involving a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) contract worker that occurred in LaRue Co. Tuesday morning.

 

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at approximately 9:00anET, Kentucky State Police Post 4 was requested by LaRue Co. Dispatch to investigate a fatal collision that occurred involving a van and a highway worker near the 3100 block of Old Elizabethtown Road (KY 210). The preliminary investigation reveals that Henry T. James, 74, of Louisville, was operating a 2000 GMC Savana eastbound on Old Elizabethtown Road when he entered a portion of the roadway that was reduced to one lane due to routine maintenance operations. James failed to observe Blake Barnes, 22, of Elizabethtown, a KYTC contracted worker, who was in the eastbound lane of the roadway flagging traffic before he was struck by James. 

 

Barnes was pronounced deceased at the scene by the LaRue Co. Coroner’s Office. James reported no injuries to officials. 

 

The affected portion of Old Elizabethtown Road was closed for several hours to allow troopers to reconstruct the collision. KSP was assisted at the scene by the LaRue Co. Sheriff’s Department, LaRue Co. Coroner, LaRue Co. Fire Department, and the LaRue Co. EMS. The collision remains under investigation by reconstructionist Det. Kevin Dreisbach. 

 

Sunday Afternoon Head-On Collison in Taylor County Claims Life of Adair County Woman

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.  (April 22, 2024) – On April 21, 2024 at approximately 4:12 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on KY 55 in Taylor County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Allen Glen Yates, age 60 of Columbia, was traveling north on KY 55 in a 2002 Ford F-150.  Mr. Yates crossed the centerline of the roadway and entered into the southbound lane of KY 55, colliding in a head-on manner with a 2021 Nissan Rogue traveling south on KY 55.   The Nissan Rogue was operated by Tracy York-Murrell, age 39 of Columbia.

Ms. York-Murrell was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner.  A passenger in Ms. York-Murrell’s vehicle, Cameron Murrell, age 33 of Columbia, was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of severe but non-life-threatening injuries.  Mr. Yates was also transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  A passenger in Mr. Yates’ vehicle, Karen Bishop, age 67 of Columbia, was transported to the University of Louisville for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Campbellsville Police Department, Campbellsville Fire Department, Taylor County Fire and EMS, Taylor County Rescue, Taylor County Coroner’s Office, and Kentucky State Highway Department.  The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Brandon Roark.

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FBI Raids Apartment taking Computers & Cell Phones; Taylor County Man Arrested

 

The FBI raided an apartment on Apartment Road in Taylor County on Thursday morning, April 18, 2024. 99.9 the Big Dawg has learned a residence occupied by Jacob Jackson was searched with the FBI confiscating computers and at least 40 cell phones. 

 

Mr. Jackson was taken into custody at the scene. No other details are known about the incident.

 

Taylor County Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Lone Valley Road

A Campbellsville man was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday evening at 7:44pm Campbellsville Police told 99.9 The Big Dawg that A 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 42-year-old Jodie Dotson of Campbellsville was traveling west on Lone Valley Rd, when he entered a curve and lost control.

Dotson was transported to the AIR EVAC Helipad by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, and was flown to

The U of L Hospital in Louisville for a head injury. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

 

 

Taylor County Fire Department Called Out Sunday to Barn Fire

Taylor County Fire Department was dispatched to a barn fire Sunday afternoon at 5:52pm at 97 Youngs Branch Rd on the Taylor/Marion County line, Big Dawg News has learned upon arrival firefighters found a barn that was on the ground with a house trailer as an exposure and a large amount of wood pallets and other products involved as well as approximately one acre of woods on fire.
 
The fire started from a trash fire that had gotten out of control due to breezy conditions.
No Injuries were reported.
Assisting agencies:
Raywick Fire Department
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Taylor County Man Struck and Killed in Hit & Run Accident Friday Morning on US 68, Police are Seeking Information

A Taylor County man was stuck and killed early Friday morning by an auto while walking on New Lebanon road highway 68 just outside of Campbellsville in the area of Krystal Music, Ricky Cox age 42 was struck by a vehicle that left the scene,  Cox was then struck by several other vehicles and pronounced dead at the scene by the Taylor County Coroners office. Big Dawg News has learned that police are looking for the person who struck Cox and evidence has been collected at the scene.

Kentucky State Police Post 15 Columbia is the investigating agency.

 

LR Petty Funeral Home in Campbellsville is in charge, No funeral, the family chose creamation. 

Taylor County Home Destroyed After Lightning Strike Tuesday

Taylor County Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1:30pm Tuesday afternoon at 3145 Elkhorn Rd, Big Dawg News has learned that initial reports at time of dispatch was that the house was on fire with flames through the roof.
Upon arrival firefighters found a two story vinyl sided residence with heavy fire and smoke throughout the second story with fire through the roof, firefighters entered the residence, searched for any occupants and attacked the fire with multiple lines.
Additional manpower and apparatus was requested from Green County Fire Department due to the size of the residence and extent of the fire. Witness stated the house had been struck by lightning.
No firefighters were injured however one resident was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital due to possible smoke inhalation and minor burns.
 
Responding TCFD units: Engine 60, Engine 62, Engine 63, Tanker 65 and 17 Firefighters.
Assisting Agencies:
Green County Fire Department
Campbellsville Taylor County EMS
Campbellsville Police Department
Taylor County Sheriff Department
Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications
Taylor County RECC