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Man Goes To Jail After Stand-Off in Taylor County With KSP

Big Dawg News has learned that Devin Roen age 32 of Campbellsville was arrested Saturday at a residence on New Columbia Road after a standoff with KSP post 15 Columbia, Roen was tased by troopers was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and lodged in the Taylor County Jail. 

Man Tased After Standing in the Road With a Knife in Taylor County

A Taylor County man was arrested after being tased Wednesday morning on Highway 70 at Acton, sheriff Dickie Benningfield told 99.9 The Big Dawg News that his department was dispatched to the Acton community in reference to a suspicious person standing in the middle of the highway, upon arrival deputies made contact with Adam Powell age 37 of Campbellsville, Benningfield said Powell was armed with a knife refusing to drop it, Powell was tased and taken into custody and during the investigation it was learned that Powell had set fire to a garage at the intersection of Highway 70 and Stoner Creek Road.

 

Powell is charged with Arson, disordery conduct, menacing and resisting arrest and lodged in the TC Detention Center, the arrest by Corporal Stephen Dobson with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department.

A Second Person Has Died After Sign Fell on Car in Elizabethtown

A second person has died days after a sign fell onto a car in the parking lot of Denny's in Elizabethtown last week.

A family member told WDRB TV in Louisville that Lloyd Curtis passed away early Monday morning. He was 77 years old.

His death comes days after his wife, 72-year-old Lillian Curtis, passed away from injuries suffered in the same incident.

 

The accident took place on Thursday, Jan. 19, at about 1:30 p.m. at the Denny's on Mulberry Street, just east of Interstate 65 in Elizabethtown. The sign fell from a poll onto the car with three people inside.

High winds were in effect at the time of the accident.

 

Grissom Martin Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Adair County Woman Dies After High Winds Blew Restaurant Sign on her Vehicle


An Adair County woman is dead and two others injured after a Denny’s restaurant sign crushed a car Thursday afternoon in Elizabethtown. The sign toppled from the high-mast post located along US 62 just off the I-65 interchange at Exit 94. All of the vehicle’s occupants had to be cut out by emergency responders.

 

The deceased passenger is identified as 72-year-old Lillian Curtis. She passed away due to head trauma after being transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. Her husband, Lloyd Curtis (who was also a passenger) and their daughter, Mary Graham (who was driving the late model Dodge Dart), were taken to Baptist Health Hardin with less severe injuries.
 

The family was returning to Columbia from Louisville after Mr. Curtis’s treatment for complications of recent heart surgery. The car was traveling through the parking lot between Denny’s and White Castle as the sign fell. Winds were gusting to near 50mph at the time. While the long-standing sign has endured higher gusts, meteorologists note the whipping characteristic of winds Thursday was extreme.

 

Police and city officials are investigating the incident and are reviewing sign permit details.

 

Adair County Woman Perished in House Fire

Adair County 911 received a call of a structure fire at 111 Sulpher Creek Rd 8 miles north of Columbia on Thursday.

Columbia Adair County Fire Department was notified and upon arrival the rear of the house was fully engulfed in flames, firefighters made entry into the home and made a stop on the fire to keep it from spreading through out the home but continued to fight hot spots in the attic and walls for an extended time, it was confirmed that 74 year old Darlene Wick the home owner was unaccounted for and believed to still be in home.

Sheriff Josh Brockman and Adair County Coroner Roger Huckaby was notified to respond to the scene at  6:03 a.m.  the body of Wicks was discovered by the fire department in the back bedroom where she slept, the fire is believed to have started in the back bedroom and investigation shows that 3 space heaters one being kerosene and the other two electric was being used regularly, Wicks was pronounced dead at the scene.  

 

 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman and Coroner Roger Huckaby are continuing  the investigation .

 

   The Columbia Adair County Fire Department was on scene for 4.5 hours along with responses from multiple agency’s including Breeding Fire Department, Adair County EMS , Adair County Emergency Management, Kentucky State Fire Marshall’s Office , Adair County Sheriffs Office , and Adair County Coroner’s Office

 

  

Woman Injured After Being Struck By Car While Riding Bicycle On Broadway

On Friday, January 13, 2023 at 9:24 a.m., Campbellsville Police responded to a report of an injury collision at the intersection of East Broadway and Jackson Street. 

 

Melissa Bagby age 53 of Campbellsville was attempting to cross East Broadway on a bicycle when she pulled into the path of a 2015 Dodge Caravan operated by 65-year old Terry Wayne Martin of Greensburg.

 

Bagby was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, but Martin was not injured.

 

Date: Friday, January 13, 2023             Time: 9:24 a.m.

 

Location: East Broadway and Jackson Street

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Taylor Co. EMS, Campbellsville Fire and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Ian McCullough

 

Accident Investigated By Campbellsville Police

On Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10:52 a.m., Campbellsville Police responded to a report of an injury collision at the intersection of North Central Ave. and Maple Street. 

 

A 1999 Ford Ranger operated by 85-year old Carlton Davis of Campbellsville was traveling eastbound on Maple Street attempting to cross North Central Avenue.  Davis pulled into the path of a 2019 Subaru Forester operated by 66-year old Mark Stevenson also of Campbellsville.  Davis’ vehicle overturned as the result of the collision and Davis had to be extricated by the Campbellsville Fire Department.

 

Davis was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, but Stevenson was not injured.

 

Date: Friday, January 13, 2023             Time: 10:53 a.m.

 

Location: North Central Avenue and Maple Street

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Taylor Co. EMS, and Campbellsville Fire.

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Ian McCullough

 

Kentucky State Police Charges Adair County Man with Solicitation of Murder

COLUMBIA, Ky. (January 5, 2023) – On January 3, 2023, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 was contacted by the Adair County Detention Center in regards to a suspicious letter that an inmate being lodged at the detention center had attempted to send out in the mail.

KSP Troopers launched an investigation after receiving the letter that the detention center staff had intercepted.  Troopers learned that Paul Bricker, age 37 of Columbia, had attempted to send a letter in the mail, while incarcerated, soliciting the murder of another individual.  As a result of the investigation, Mr. Bricker was arrested and charged with Solicitation of Murder.  Mr. Bricker remained lodged in the Adair County Detention Center. 

Trooper Dean Lunz continues his investigation.

Taylor Regional Hire's Interim CEO

The Taylor Regional Hospital Board of Trustees announced today that Shane Fitzgerald has been named as interim CEO and will assume the role on Thursday, January 5th .

 

Fitzgerald currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

He has an extensive background in hospital operations and has served in multiple roles at the executive level, including VP of Mission, and VP of Operations. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics/Public Policy and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast along with a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity in Theology from The Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

 

“The TRH Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the addition of Shane Fitzgerald as interim CEO. Mr. Fitzgerald will continue the commitment of high-quality health care that our community has long been accustomed. He has experience in all facets of health care administration and is anxious to assist the TRH Board during the search for a new full time CEO,” said Dr. Ben Cox, board chair. ABOUT TAYLOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL Taylor Regional Hospital has a rich history dating back to 1968 when Rosary Hospital, run by the Dominican Order of St. Catherine, was sold to the Taylor County Hospital District. In 1972, construction began on Taylor County Hospital.

Over the years, several additions and renovations resulted in significant growth and on July 11, 2003, Taylor County Hospital became Taylor Regional Hospital. Today, Taylor Regional Hospital is proud to be the area's leading choice for compassionate and quality healthcare. Our vision, to be the preferred health care provider dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our region is supported by our mission to provide outstanding health care to the people we serve

One Person Died Monday Night in Two Vehicle Crash Near Russell Springs

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky.  (January 4, 2023) – On January 2, 2023 at approximately 5:47 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on US 127 in Russell County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Alex Fabian Lopez Entzin, age 23 of Russell Springs, was traveling south on US 127 in a 2013 Ford Escape when he met a 2022 GMC Terrain traveling north on US 127.  The two vehicles collided in a head-on manner on US 127.  The GMC Terrain was being operated by Wanda Wethington, age 75 of Russell Springs.  

Mrs. Wethington was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Russell County Coroner.  Mr. Entzin was transported to University of Kentucky Hospital with life threatening injuries. 

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

 

Taylor Regional Hospital CEO Was Terminated Thursday

The Taylor Regional Hospital Board of Trustees met Thursday and fired hospital president and CEO Joseph G. Hugar,  hospital officials told 99.9 The Big Dawg radio that an interim will be named to serve in the capacity of CEO until a new president and CEO is named by the Board of Trustees, Hugar was hired earlier this year to replace Jane Wheatley who retired. 

High Speed Chase from Campbellsville to Columbia, Man Arrested.

A Mercer County man has been arrested by the Adair County Sheriffs Department on multiple felony charges after vehicle pursuit that started in Taylor County and ended in Adair County.

Sheriff Josh Brockman said the incident began when Campbellsville authorities notified Adair 911 around 8:40 pm Wednesday evening that they were in pursuit of an automobile headed toward Columbia on KY55 north, Campbellsville officials advised that the operator Robert Caines had made threats to kill his wife and was possibly under influence.   

Campbellsville Police terminated their pursuit as it entered into Adair County approximately 3 miles north of Columbia, Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that vehicle was clocked at 100 mph, the pursuit turned onto KY 206 and ended at the 10 mile  marker, The operator Robert Caines age 43 was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Jail without incident . 

Caines is charged with:

fleeing and evading police 1st degree

speeding 26 mph over the limit

wanton endangerment 1st degree 

poss of controlled substance

possession of drug paraphernalia

operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol -reckless driving -no insurance

 

Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation

Kentucky State Police Investigates Missing Person and Murder Case in Marion County

LEBANON, Ky. (December 29, 2022) - On the evening of December 23, 2022, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a complaint of a missing person in Marion County. 

Family members spoke with KSP Troopers and reported that Kevin Thomas Elder, age 56 of Elizabethtown, was missing and he was last known to have been in the Raywick community of Marion County.

The ensuing investigation led KSP to obtain and execute a search warrant on a property and residence belonging to Donald Keith Elders, age 53 of Raywick, on the morning of December 29, 2022.  Information obtained during the execution of the search warrant lead investigators to locate the body of Mr. Elder in an outbuilding on the property.  Mr. Elders was subsequently arrested and charged with Murder and has been lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

Detective Mike Dubree continues his investigation of this case.  Det. Dubree was assisted by other KSP Post 15 Troopers, KSP Aircraft Branch, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and Marion County Coroner.

Water Being Restored to Parts of Taylor County

After several days of freezing weather Campbellsville Water Company continues to replace busted waterlines that froze due to the extreme weather, several communities in Taylor County have been without water and the Highway 70 area affecting residents to the Casey County line is expected to be restored today. 

 

Josh Pedigo with the city of Campbellsville said his crew has been busy repairing the water lines since the winter weather moved in last week, today water company officials will continue to search for leaks in and around the city and county. 

 

Anyone needing free bottled water can pick it up at the Campbellsville Fire Department and the Taylor County County Fire Department.

Campbellsville Water Company Urges Customers to Conserve Water

Due to many waterline breaks in Campbellsville and Taylor County, the city of Campbellsville is urging all customers to conserve water, the city is also asking area residents to look for waterline breaks and report them to the Campbellsville Water Company at 270-789-3133.

TC RECC Asking Customers To Conserve Electricity

Because of extreme cold temperatures, electric power consumption is approaching record levels, Taylor County RECC is asking consumers to voluntarily reduce the unnecessary use of electricity to alleviate the strain on the electric grid, some ways you can cut your power usage include:  Adjust your thermostat. Shut off non-essential lighting and equipment and avoid using appliances like dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers. If you take these simple steps, it will help everybody. Taylor County RECC is doing everything we can to keep the lights and heat on for all members. We appreciate your assistance in helping us avoid power outages due to too much strain on the grid.

 

Ann Beard Taylor County RECC 

Campbellsville Man Died After Motorcycle Crash on Long Branch Road

A Campbellsville man has died after a motorcycle accident on Long Branch Road in Taylor County, sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Tyhese C. Moore age 36 of Campbellsville lost control of his 2012 Kawasaki bike and struck a tree Friday afternoon, Moore was not wearing a helmet and transported to University of Louisville Hospital were he died a short time later.

 
The fatal motorcycle mishap was investigated by Corporal Stephen Dobson with the Taylor County Sheriffs Dept.

Fire Alarm In Summersville Saturday Morning

Summersville Fire Department responded a weekend fire alarm, according to Todd Price the alarm sounded at 5:37am Saturday morning to structure fire at 3935 Hodgenville Road in Green County, upon arrival firemen found heavy smoke coming from a garage,  the fire was located and extinguished, seven personnel with one engine were on the scene for an hour.

Taylor County Man Killed in Weekend Accident in LaRue County

A Taylor County man died in a LaRue County accident Saturday morning, 99.9 The Big Dawg news has learn that Fred Krznarich age 84 of Campbellsville lost control of his auto at the intersection of Greensburg Road and Ferrill Hill Road in the Buffalo community, Krznarich was pronounced dead as a result of the fatal Saturday morning mishap. LaRue County Sheriffs Department investigated, Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Man Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges in Adair County

Adair County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of an armed robbery at HWY206 Food Mart Friday afternoon, sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that a white male  had entered the store wearing a white shirt,hat and glasses the male had a shotgun in his hands demanding money from the register, the suspect fled in a black dodge Dakota last seen on Vester Road with an undetermined amount of money.  

 

Deputy Chandler Staten was able to make a positive ID of suspect during investigation, the man is identified as 24 year old Samuel Ray Burton of  Columbia, sheriff Brockman said that Burton was operating a Black 2004 Dodge Dakota , a warrant for Robbery 1st degree was obtained by sheriffs office for his arrest and around 5:10 pm KSP and Casey County Sheriffs Office initiated  a stop on the suspect vehicle near KY 127 and KY 501 in Casey County.

 

Burton was arrested by deputy Josh Durbin on the Adair warrant for robbery, the shotgun and stolen cash were recovered from the vehicle and the case remains under investigation by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten. .

 

 

Taylor County Grand Jury Indictments

The Taylor County Grand Jury met last week and indicted these local people:

 
Richard Conner of Campbellsville is facing charges of  Attempted Murder, Burglary, Assault and various other criminal charges.
 
Shawn Meininger of Campbellsville is charged with Incest & Sodomy, victim under 12.
 
Ryan T. Neal of Campbellsville, Strangulation & Assault.
 
Chad T. Bagby of Campbellsville, Exploitation of and Adult person.
 
Kenneth Agee of Campbellsville, Burglary & Theft.
 
Justin Sanchez of Campbellsville, Burglary & Criminal Mischief.
 
Herman Richards of Campbellsville, Criminal Mischief. Richards is charged with destroying and apartment in Taylor County.
 
Terry Colvin of Campbellsville, Forgery & Improper Registration on auto.

One Teen Died, One Teen Arrested in LaRue County

On Dec. 3, 2022, at approximately 4:53 a.m., KSP was contacted by the Hodgenville Police Department requesting assistance with an assault investigation near 116 E. Forest Ave in Hodgenville. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, both males, got into an alteration leading to the 17-year-old being shot. The 17-year-old was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital where he later died. KSP charged the 15-year-old for the victim's death and he was lodged in the Adair Co. Juvenile Detention Center, further charges could be forthcoming.

Two People Burned in Structure Fire Tuesday In Campbellsville

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a structure fire with possible victims at 209 Chestnut Street in Campbellsville, upon arrival firefighters found a 12x12 storage building on fire with two immediate exposures being residential houses, firefighters provided medical care to the burn victim, extinguished the fire, protected exposures and provided overhaul.  There were two civilian injuries reported- the first patient was a 42 year old male with 2nd degree burns to 45% of his body and the second victim was a 15 year old male with superficial burns to his hands. Both patients was treated and transported by CTCEMS to Taylor Regional Hospital. The 42 year old male was later transferred via Air Evac to UofL. 

The cause of the fire is related to an explosion as a result of gas fumes reaching a space heater causing the explosion and fire. 

 

24 Firefighters on the Scene

Apparatus Responding: Engine 4, Engine 1, Truck 1 and Chief 

 

Assisting Agencies

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communication Center

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Medical Services

Campbellsville Police