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Governor Andy Beshear Lowers Flags to Half-Staff

Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday, July 22, in honor of two state legislators who passed away this month.

Sen. Tom Buford of Nicholasville passed away July 6 at age 72. He represented Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer and Washington counties, along with part of Fayette.

Rep. John “Bam” Carney of Campbellsville passed away July 17 at age 51. He represented Adair and Taylor counties. Rep. Carney will be interred Thursday in Campbellsville.

The U.S. Flag Code provides that a governor may lower the U.S. flag in the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of that state. All individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute. Additional flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.

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Storage Units Damaged By Fire, The Cause Was Fireworks

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at a storage unit on Laura Sue Humphress drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the attic and eves of the building. Firefighters made an interior attack on the fire and contained the fire to two individual units. Firefighters extinguished the fire and provided overhaul. No firefighters or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is related to a firework discharge and is under investigation. 

 

The Alarm Saturday Night.

 

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STATE REP. BAM CARNEY DIES AT THE AGE OF 51....

 

51-year-old John "Bam" Carney had returned home after being hospitalized more than a year ago due to a serious illness. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis in Dec. 2019 which led to several life-threatening complications. Bam Carney represented Adair and Taylor counties in the 51st district and was first elected in 2009. 
 
Mark Carney (Bam's brother) posted the following on Facebook this morning:
 
Philippians 1:21 for me, to live is Christ to die is gain. That verse has been heavy on my mind the last few weeks. This morning around 7:00 it came to fruition as Bam passed peacefully at the University of Kentucky medical center. Bam nd we have tried to glorify Christ throughout our lives and especially have tried to praise God for his watch care over Bam this last year and a half. So living was about Christ, now in death Bam has gained healing, peace, rest, Amazing Grace, love, the well done thou good and faithful servant talk and acceptance into his eternal home. Thanks be to God for the life that Bam lived — and for all that he has gained today.
 
Thank you to so so many of you for all your thoughts, prayers and for the many many ways you have supported us over he last year and a half and we appreciate and say thank you for your continued prayers for our family during this time.
 
 
Senator Mitch McConnell released the following statement on Carney's death:
 
Bam Carney was a tireless public servant whose devotion to his fellow Kentuckians knew no bounds. He uplifted the lives of his constituents through more than a decade of hard work and dedication, deeply committed to Central Kentucky and its people. It is a testament to his strong character that he was chosen to lead Kentucky Republicans as the House Majority Leader, a role which he passionately embraced.
 
Throughout his tenure, Bam took on tough issues and fought for Kentucky’s most vulnerable students, using his expertise as an educator and coach to change the Commonwealth for the better. During his long illness, he continued to serve in a different way by becoming an inspiration to others who face hardships. The people of Kentucky are profoundly thankful for his advocacy and work.
 
From the statehouse, to the classroom, to the United States Senate, Kentuckians are deeply saddened by this loss. Elaine and I share our heartfelt condolences with Bam’s family, colleagues, and friends.
 
 
House Speaker David Osborne issued the following statement on behalf of the House Majority Caucus:
 
"Our hearts are broken at the loss of our friend and brother, Bam Carney. Bam was a passionate educator, an outstanding legislator, and a tremendous leader for our Commonwealth. Those who had the privilege of working with Bam knew he led by example and subscribed heavily to the belief that you can do great things if you don't care who gets the credit. As House Education Chair and House Majority Floor Leader, he worked diligently to provide a voice for children in classrooms across our state. His collaborative approach led to the passage of the School Safety and Resiliency Act, bringing focus to both strengthening physical safety and our approach to childhood mental health issues.
 
"For more than a year and a half Bam fought valiantly to overcome his health issues, all while remaining steadfastly dedicated to the people of his district. While there is great comfort in knowing he is free from the constant pain and struggle, we pray his sons, his mother, and his entire family find comfort in knowing so many join them in mourning the legacy of a good man."
 
 

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Campbellsville Apparel Will Close Due to Lack of Worker

 

The Campbellsville Apparel Board of Directors informed their employees on Wednesday, July 14th that they will be closing the company sometime before the end of the year due to the lack of applicants for sewing positions that need to be filled. 

 

The company currently has 96 employees and has had as many as 180 employees in the last 22 years. Campbellsville Apparel told 99.9 the Big Dawg that their current employees have been very faithful and very hard-working and are like family to each other. Of the current 96 employees, 3 are over 80 years old, 10 are over 70 years old, 15 are over 65 years old, and 25 are over 62 years old. This shows the work ethic and values of this great group of people.  

 

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Campbellsville Police Investigate Injury Accident that Sends Two People to Hospital

 

Campbellsville Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of East Broadway and the US Post Office.

 

Acoording to Lt. Shannon Wilson, a 2002 Volvo semi-tractor trailer operated by 48-year old Charles Spears of Glasgow, KY collided with a 2015 Subaru, operated by 69-year old Paul Clark of Greensburg, KY.

 

Clark and a passenger, 71-year old Jean Clark of Greensburg, KY were both transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS and later transported to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. Spears was not injured.

 

The mishap happened just after 11:00amET on Tuesday morning on East Broadway in the city limits of Campbellsville.

 

Investigating Officer: Officer Aaron Fields

 

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FATAL ADAIR ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF COLUMBIA WOMAN

 
On Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 9:51amCT, Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch was dispatched to a 2-vehicle injury collision approximately 4 miles northeast of Columbia on KY 551. Upon arrival, Deputy Hitch found that two vehicles had collided and there were multiple patients, one with critical injuries.  
 
Preliminary investigation shows that a 2000 Toyota sedan, operated by 46-year-old Rebecca Conover Strange of Columbia, KY was traveling west (towards Columbia) when she headed into a long, right banking curve. It appears that her car broke traction in the rear on the rain slick roadway and began to go into a skid sideways through the curve. Her auto then slid into the oncoming lane into the path of a 2016 Chevy pickup that was traveling East, being driven by 57-year-old Mark Willis of Columbia, KY. The pickup was unable to avoid the collision and struck Ms. Strange’s Toyota in the drivers side.   
    
Adair County EMS began life-saving measures on Rebecca Strange upon arrival and continued as they transferred the patient to TJ Health Columbia. Approx. one hour later, Ms. Strange succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased in the emergency room.
    
Mark Willis and his passengers: Deborah Willis, Holly Loy, Alex Loy, and Andrew Loy were all treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to the hospital for further treatment.
     
The Adair County Sheriffs Office, Adair EMS, Columbia -Adair Fire Dept, and Constable Jason Rector were responding agencies to the scene.
 

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Casey County Man Charged With Theft in Taylor County

 

A Casey County man was caught stealing barn lumber today on Merrimac Road in Taylor County.

 

Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Deputy Jonathon Leigh caught Jason Murphy of Liberty, KY as he was leaving the property with a load of lumber. Murphy fled the scene but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

 

Murphy was charged with Theft, Fleeing/Evading Police, Resisting Arrest, Public Intoxication, and Identity Theft as well as arrested on a Lincoln County District Court Warrant.
 

The arrest was made by Jonathon Leigh with the Taylor County Sheriffs Office.
 

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Green County Home Destroyed By Fire

The Fire Alarm sounded in Green County Monday afternoon, the location of the fire was a residence on Marshall Ridge Road at Country Club Drive.

Green County Fire Chief Lawerence Gupton told 99.9 The Big Dawg the home owned by Derek Edwards was described as a total loss, The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time, Chief Gupton wanted to thank firemen from Campbellsville-Taylor County, Summersville, Columbia-Adair County, Grab and Exie for assisting Greensburg-Green County.

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Taylor County Grand Jury Indictments

 

The Taylor County Grand Jury issued Indictments against the following people:

 
Patrick Greer of Campbellsville: Robbery, burglary, assault and resisting Arrest.
 
Jason W. Stearman of Campbellsville: Burglary
 
Andrew Edwards of Campbellsville: Wanton endangerment, fleeing police, resisting arrest, menacing, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license.
 
Jacob R. Treece of Campbellsville: Multiple counts of theft.
 
Douglas D. Martin of Campbellsville: Multiple counts of theft.
 
Natasha D. Anderson of Franklin Ky: Receiving stolen property over $10,000.
 
Stephen Sallee of Greensburg: Assault.
 
Tiffany R. Clark of Campbellsville: Trafficking in Heroin.
 
Cory J. Clan of Campbellsville" Trafficking in Heroin.
 
Andrew T. Adkins of Campbellsville: Trafficking in Carfentanial or Fentanyl Derivatives.
 
Makayla Mardis of Campbellsville: Possession of Methamphetamine and traffic charges.
 
Lucas W. Parson of Campbellsville: Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana.
 
Courtney Nashay Reliford of Campbellsville: Possession of Methamphetmine.
 
Timothy R. Jones of Columbia: Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
 

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Hart County Man Dies in LaRue County Car Wreck

 

A Hart County Man died in a two vehicle crash yesterday morning in LaRue County.

 

KSP Post 4 received a call from the Larue County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with a two-vehicle collision resulting in a fatality on US-31E in Larue County. The preliminary investigation revealed that Colby Wilder, age 22 of Munfordville, was traveling south on US-31E in a 2011 Kia Forte, for unknown reasons Wilder’s vehicle struck the rear of a garbage truck, operated by Stephen Williams, age 28 of Elizabethtown.

 

Wilder was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Larue County Coroner’s Office. Williams was not injured, a portion of US-31E was closed for several hours in order to allow troopers to investigate the collision. Larue County Sheriff’s Office, Magnolia Fire Department, Larue County EMS and Larue County Coroner’s Office assisted KSP Post 4 at the scene.

 

The collision is still under investigation by reconstructionist Trooper Tyler Lynch.

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Three People Arrested In Storage Building Burglary in Campbellsville

 

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 5:13 P.M., Campbellsville Police received a theft complaint on Broad Street at the Shearson Storage Units.  Officers arrived and came into contact with the victim, who had caught people stealing items from his storage units.

 

After an investigation, Sgt. Brian Morgan arrested 33-year old Charles Delano Johnson and 41-year old Winona Mae Herrington, both of Stanford, KY along with 66-year old Clara Loraine Cox of Lebanon, KY.  Johnson, Herrington, and Cox were all lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and charged with Burglary 3rd degree.

 

Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021          Time: 5:13 P.M.

Location: Shearson Storage Units on Broad Street, Campbellsville

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police with assistance from Kentucky State Police

Investigating Officer: Sgt. Brian Morgan

 

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Two People Arrested on Criminal Charges

 

Taylor County County Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Jackie Stone, 47, of Campbellsville and Susan G. Gribbins, 39, of Raywick were both arrested after the report of a stolen trailer and generator were taken from the White Rose community in Taylor County.

 
Stone was charged with Theft and some traffic charges; Gribbins was charged with Burglary and Theft. Both were lodged in the Taylor County Jail.
 

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Campbellsville Police Investigate Weekend Accident

 

On Saturday, June 26, 2021 at approximately 3:56 P.M., Campbellsville Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of Wickliffe and Osage.

 

A 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by 21-year old Ashlen B. Weeks of Campbellsville, collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban operated by 62-year old Paul H. Nuckols also of Campbellsville.

 

Weeks and a passenger, 19-year old Amaurie Deleon of Campbellsville, were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by private vehicle. 

 

Nuckols along with 2 passengers, 16-year old Josiah Nuckols and 6-year old Josiah Nuckols, were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS. 

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Fire, & Campbellsville-Taylor Co. EMS

 

Investigating Officer: Officer Adam Black

 

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KSP Investigate Single Vehicle Injury Collision

 

Liberty, KY (June 23, 2021) Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a single vehicle injury collision on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 3:08 P.M on KY 70, a mile east of Clementsville. David Dillion, 31, of Liberty, KY was operating a Honda ATV eastbound on KY 70 when he failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. 

 

Dillion was transported by EMS to Casey County Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper A.J. Mattingly who was assisted at the scene by additional KSP troopers, Casey County Fire, EMS and Rescue.

 

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Fire Destroys Adair County Mobile Home

 

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential mobile home fire on Saturday night at 130 Longview Lane in Columbia, KY. Upon arrival, the home was fully engulfed in flames and was a total loss.   

 

10 Adair County firemen were on the scene for approximately 2 hours.

 

 

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KSP investigates Fatal Collision in Metcalfe County

 

Edmonton, KY (June 21, 2021) Kentucky State Police Post 15 was contacted on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at approximately 7:52 PM by Metcalfe County 911 regarding a two-vehicle fatal collision, that occurred on Cedar Flat Curtis Rd.

 

The preliminary investigation indicates that Nicholas Smith, 25, of Edmonton, KY was operating a 1985 Yamaha motorcycle east-bound on Cedar Flat Curtis Road (a narrow roadway with no dividing yellow lines). Smith attempted to make a left hand turn off the roadway, crossing into the path of a 2013 Dodge passenger car being operated by 17-year-old Jasmine Coleman of Edmonton, KY. Coleman was traveling west-bound on Cedar Flat Curtis Road when she met Smith in her lane of travel. She attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but was unable to do so.

 

Smith was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Metcalfe County Coroner. Coleman was belted and was not injured.

 

The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.

 

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Campbellsville Boil Water Advisory 6/20/21

 

A boil water advisory is in effect for 1407 Sportsman Lake Road to Smith's Chappell Road, including all of Smith's Chappell Road.

 

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Weekend Arrests

 

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that Christopher K. summers, 45, of Campbellsville, KY was arrested early Sunday morning on methamphetamines charges. Summers was arrested by Deputy Stephen Dobson.

 
Danny R. Tungate of Campbellsville, KY was arrested Saturday morning on charges of DUI, Possession of Methamphetamine, Driving on Suspended License and other traffic charges.Tungate was arrested by Deputy Brent Burkhead with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department.
 

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Power Outage Tonight in Green County

 

Taylor County RECC reminds customers in the Pierce, Donansburg, Grab, Exie, Picket, Liletown and Little Barren communities that the electricity will be off tonight (Thursday) beginning at 11:30pm Eastern Time for 4 hours. The power outage will take place to commission the new substation at McKinney Corner in Green County.

 

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TC Primary Site Based Council Meets Monday

 

The Taylor County Primary Site Based Decision Making Council will meet Monday, June 11, 2021 at 3:30pmET in room 122. The meeting will be open to the public.

 

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Fire at Fiesta Mexico in Campbellsville

A fire in the kitchen caused moderate damage at Fiesta Mexico in Campbellsville's Elmhurst Plaza on Tuesday.

 

99.9 The Big Dawg has learned the fire was extinguished before Campbellsville Fire & Rescue arrived, the building however continued to smolder overnight before the fire was completely extinguished the follow day. 

 

The resturant is closed while repairs are being made to the structure.

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Campbellsville Has New Fireworks Ordinance

 

The City of Campbellsville recently introduced a new ordinance dealing with the sale and the use of fireworks in the City of Campbellsville. Our goal is to use our website (www.campbellsvillefire.com/fireworks) as a tool for your fireworks questions.

 

The ordinance has two divisions: Sale of Fireworks and Use of Fireworks.

 

USE OF FIREWORKS SUMMARY

You are allowed to use fireworks on the following days:

December 31 from 10a.m. until January 1 at 12:30 a.m.

July 3 and July 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

July 4 from 10 a.m. until July 5 12:30 a.m.

 

ANY OTHER TIME HAS TO HAVE AN APPROVED SPECIAL FIREWORKS DISCHARGE PERMIT FROM CAMPBELLSVILLE FIRE-RESCUE.

 

www.campbellsvillefire.com/fireworks or call 270-465-4131

 

If you have a firework noise complaint, please contact the Campbellsville Police Department's Non-Emergency number at 270-465-4122

 

City of Campbellsville Sale of Fireworks
he City of Campbellsville recently introduced a new ordinance dealing with the sale and the use of fireworks in the City of Campbellsville.

 

Our goal is to use our website (www.campbellsvillefire.com/fireworks) as a tool for your fireworks questions. The ordinance has two divisions: Sale of Fireworks and Use of Fireworks.

 

CONSUMER FIREWORK SALES SUMMARY

Any person, association, or entity who sells fireworks in the City of Campbellsville shall apply for and obtain from the City of Campbellsville Fire Chief or their designee, a Fireworks Sales Permit. The applications for a Fireworks Sales Permit shall be made available and provided upon request.
 

  • Complete application with all necessary documents
  • Tent Inspections by building inspector
  • Fire Inspection Complete
  • Complete Business Registration Process

 

For More Information, go to www.campbellsvillefire.com/fireworks or call 270-465-4131.

 

If you have a firework noise complaint please contact the Campbellsville Police Department's Non-Emergency number at 270-465-4122.

 

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Covid-19 Update in Lake Cumberland District

 

As cases are continuing to decline for the most part and we are fortunate enough to see the majority of our counties in the green or yellow designations, this will be the final week of these reports being sent out nightly. LCDHD will continue to update the local health department webpage with current statistics and relevant information for your use. Please know how very much we appreciate all you have done for your families, patients, employees and citizens during this pandemic!

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 2.28%.

 

Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 453 deaths resulting in a 2.01% mortality rate (about 1 in 50) among known cases. This compares with a 1.54% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.79% mortality rate at the national level.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 11 cases in the hospital. This is 1 less than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,268 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.61% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 5.04%. The latest data shows that 84.44% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 21.67% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 22,583 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 10.81% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 0.52% are reinfections, and 1.59% contracted the virus after having received at least 1 dose of the vaccine.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 12 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 8; Casey: 1; Green: 1; and, McCreary: 2. Pulaski: -3; Russell: 2; and, Wayne: 1. In all, we have released 97.7% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 9 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 65 active cases in our district across 9 of our district’s 10 counties. On 12/10/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,335.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Family, Businesses, Medical Facilities, and Schools. Of our active cases, 9% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 3 today. Our new cases increased as follows: Adair: 2; and, Casey: 1. Green: 2; Pulaski: -7; Taylor: 4; and, Wayne: 1. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.0006. This means our total case count is projected to double every 1190.62 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/30/2020 when we added 301 cases.

 

Today’s new cases include:

Adair: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 7-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 65-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Green: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 65-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 38-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 39-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 46-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 6-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 11-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 67-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 74-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Wayne: A 73-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

A close look at our numbers today may appear that Pulaski’s numbers are off today. This is because 6 duplicate cases were deleted and 6 historic cases were converted to suspect cases.

 

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Marion County Teen Dies In Car Wreck in Raywick

 
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements said that John Tyler Bryant, 19, of Raywick, KY was killed during a single-vehicle accident on Tuesday evening.
 
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one-vehicle accident at 11:15 p.m. on Highway 84 (Raywick Road) near the intersection with Sallie Ray Pike. Marion County deputies discovered that Bryant was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi westbound when he lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the roadway, and struck a tree. Bryant was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner.
 
Bryant was a 2019 graduate of Marion County High School.
 
Deputy Sheriff Ben Lancaster and Chris Jewell investigated. Marion County Rescue Squad, Marion County EMS and the Raywick Fire Department assisted at the scene.
 

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BBB June 2021 Hot Topics

 

BBB June 2021 Hot Topics

 

  1. BBB has seen a rise in reports of employment scams. Multiple local consumers have reported encountering job listings and/or offers that ultimately turn out to be fraudulent. Be wary of any potential “employer” who presents a job offer on the spot, asks you to pay for equipment and/or training, or sends you a cashier’s check to pay for supplies. Research any potential employer/company before accepting an offer of employment.
     
  2. Beware of repackaging employment scams. BBB has received several reports from consumers warning of a potential repackaging scam originating in Louisville. Consumers have reported that they responded to work-from-home job listings for “package handler” or “package inspector” on sites like Indeed.com and Monster.com. After being “hired,” they were instructed to repackage and ship packages sent to their homes. They were also required to send their personal information for the purposes of “employment paperwork.” These scams typically involve stolen merchandise AND identity theft as the scammers are able to gain personal information such as social security numbers from victims who believe they have been hired by a legitimate company. If you see any type of repackaging job posting, do not apply and report the posting as a scam!
     
  3. One local BBB Accredited Business recently reported a check scam to BBB. The business, a home inspection company, received a request for a home inspection that ultimately resulted in the scammer sending a check for an amount larger than the invoice. The scammer asked the business to deposit the check and then send the remaining amount to a third party “pest control company.” BBB warns all small businesses to be wary of any potential customer paying with a large check and asking for money to be sent to a third party. The check is likely fraudulent, leaving the business on the hook for the money!
     
  4. A local consumer reported receiving a scam text message claiming to be from Fifth Third Bank. The text message informed the recipient that their account would be disabled due to irregularities and included a link to restore the account. Be wary of any suspicious text messages from banks or other financial institutions, and do not click on any links – contact the bank directly if you have concerns or questions!
     
  5. BBB continues to receive reports of sweepstakes scams from local consumers. Whether it’s a text message claiming the recipient has won an Amazon drawing or calls from fraudulent “sweepstakes companies,” these reports are on the rise. Remember BBB’s tips: do not click on any links from suspicious text messages and never agree to pay any upfront fee in order to claim a prize!
     
  6. One local consumer has reported a romance scam to BBB. The consumer was contacted by a stranger on Facebook who claimed to be romantically interested in the victim. The scammer then began asking for money and gift cards to cover various “emergencies” and bills, and continued to harass the victim after they blocked the original Facebook user account. While there is nothing wrong with meeting a potential romantic partner online, be very cautious of any requests for money, gifts, etc. from someone you don’t know very well!
     
  7. One local consumer has reported a scam phone call claiming social security fraud. The recorded call states that fraudulent activity has been detected against the recipient’s social security number and instructs the recipient to speak to an “agent.” This is a phishing scam – do not respond!
     
  8. BBB has received multiple reports of online purchase scams and fraudulent sellers. These scammers usually advertise on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Victims often never receive products or receive cheap counterfeit products. Always research any unknown company first before making a purchase.
     
  9. WhatsApp users should be wary of a scam targeting the popular app. If you receive a message from the “WhatsApp Technical Team” asking you to verify your identity by sending your six-digit login code, this is a scam and an attempt to hack your account. WhatsApp will never contact you directly via the app.
     
  10. Planning a trip this summer? Beware of rental car scams. Avoid any “deals” or “specials” that require you to pay for the rental car in the form of a gift card or prepaid debit card. “Representatives” of a car rental company might claim that the so-called deal is a partnership with a gift card or prepaid debit card company, when in reality this is a scam to gain gift card information, and you will never receive the car you supposedly rented. Always visit rental car company websites directly instead of clicking on ads, and if a deal sounds too good to be true, it likely is. 

 

 

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