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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2020-02

Man & Woman Charged with Trafficking Marijauna 5lbs...

On Friday afternoon Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton, Campbellsville Police and Kentucky State Police executed a serach warrant at 716 South Columbia Avenue arresting Isaias Delgado jr of Campbellsville, Delgado was charged with trafficking Marijuana and Possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 


23 Rachel Furbush of Campbellsville was also charged with trafficking Marijauna and Possession of a controlled substance.


Police found 5lbs of Marijuana and firearms, both were lodged in the Taylor County Jail.

Campbellsville City Council Meets Monday

The Campbellsville City Council will meet Monday night at 7pm at the Campbellsville Civic Center.

The Meeting is open to the public.
Property Annexation of the Linda Clark & Sherry Botkin property.
Executive Session is also on the agenda.

Former Taylor County Man Charged with Murder

A former Taylor County man is charged in the murder of a Richmond Kentucky woman, the body of Sheena Baxter, 32, mother of three young daughters was recovered Tuesday evening from a storage facility in Richmond.


The storage facility was near the home of Joseph Eugene Hicks, 53,  formerly of Campbellsville the ex-boyfriend of Baxter. A press conference was held at the Georgetown Police Department announcing a special grand jury had been convened and returned a six-count indictment against Hicks, including a count for Baxter’s murder.

Baxter’s body was positively identified Wednesday morning by the Frankfort State Medical Examiner’s Office through tattoos, police said. The cause of death had not been determined pending a full autopsy.

The body was discovered wrapped in plastic and could not be immediately identified. Forensic experts must work carefully with the plastic to preserve potential evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, hair and other materials.


Hicks was indicted by the grand jury on six counts including murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief and falsely reporting an incident. Court reports state Hicks had previously been charged in 1999 with first degree rape, which was amended to sexual assault, first degree and a charge of failure to comply with sex offender registry in 2012, as well as various theft charges.

Baxter disappeared on Valentine’s Day around 7:30 p.m., according to her family. She had stepped outside her sister’s home on Sundown Drive and never returned. Baxter had mentioned her current boyfriend might pick her up, so family members were not concerned until the boyfriend called asking for Baxter.

At 9:03 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Hicks pulled into the Speedway on Darby Drive with a gunshot wound to his wrist. He told police a large black man attempted to rob him in the Walmart parking lot and he was shot during the struggle. Police determined Hick’s story was not true and Walmart and other nearby video cameras showed Hicks never entered the Walmart parking lot.

Hicks was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center that night but later that weekend, video cameras captured Hicks returning to his truck at Phoenix Transportation with cleaning supplies. Inside his truck police found that a bullet struck the windshield, visor and the driver’s side seat.

Sgt. Josh Bedson of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office alerted Georgetown police Hicks and Baxter once had a romantic relationship and Baxter had “Joe” tattooed on her back. Baxter’s family had expressed concern Hicks may hurt her, Bedson said according to the warrant.  

On Feb. 18, Georgetown police executed a search warrant for Hicks’ 2012 Ford Focus and discovered Baxter’s black LG cell phone. Police had suspected the phone was in Hicks’ car when the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, while searching for Baxter, pinged her phone and it showed its location was at the Georgetown Police Department where Hicks’ car was impounded. Hicks is lodged in the Scott County Jail.

Day of Prayer for Bam Carney is March 6, 2020

Credit to

Larry Smith

Friends from Adair and Taylor counties and across the commonwealth are joining together on Friday, March 6, 2020 for "A Day of Prayer and Encouragement for Bam Carney." Click here for the latest report on his progress from family.

Carney, who represents the 51st District in the Kentucky House of Representatives and is a teacher in Taylor County, has been hospitalized since December 22, 2019 after suffering from a life-threatening battle against pancreatitis and an infection. He is constantly improving but still has a long journey ahead.

Friends are encouraged to show support for Bam Carney in their own way but especially encouraged to take time at 11amCT/12noonET on March 6 to join others in prayer for Carney's health.

Facebook page has been created so people can post any event they wish. Everyone is encouraged to post photos and videos sending a message to Carney to show support and love. The page can be found at

Everyone is encouraged to show support by wearing red, white and blue for any photos or videos being submitted and to especially wear those colors to encourage Carney on Friday, March 6. The hashtag #GodsGloryoverBam can be used to tag any event or social media post.

Special prayer events are in the works in Campbellsville and Columbia and details will be made available online and through local media as they become available.

Email to add an activity or to offer help with the effort.

2 Car Crash on Highway 210 Tuesday Night

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said a vehicle driven by 44 William Walker of Campbellsville was traveling highway 210 turning onto Fairview road when he collided with 42 Summer Hart of Campbellsville, Hart was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital with a possible head injury.


Walker was not injured.

The accident last night was investigated by Steven Dobson with the TCSO.

State Representative John "Bam" Carney Shows Improvement

It has been 66 days since John "Bam" Carney of Campbellsville was hospitalized with a severe case of pancreatitis and last night the family reported that "Bam" continues to improve as he passed a swallowing test. Bam has also been able to drink water and is talking and getting stronger.

The primary concern are the infection levels and doctors remain optimistic and the family ask for your continued prayers.
John "Bam" Carney is hospitalized at Norton Hospital in Louisville.
Carney is Kentucky State Representative for Taylor and Adair Counties.

Campbellsville Police Works Accident Near Miller Park

On Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:09 P.M., Campbellsville Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of Miller Park Drive and Lebanon Avenue.


A 2008 Nissan Sentra operated by 19 year old Amy R. Ramos-Diaz of Elk Horn,  collided with a 2016 Ford Fusion operated by 25 year old Megan M. Mattingly of Campbellsville. 

Ms. Ramos-Diaz was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville - Taylor County EMS for non-life threatening injuries and Ms. Mattingly was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by private vehicle.

2 Vehicle Crash Monday Night in Campbellsville

On Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:56 P.M., Campbellsville Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of Kentucky Highway 55 and US 68 (Broadway).


A 2010 Toyota Corolla operated by 74 year old Donna Pirouz of Campbellsville collided with a 2008 Saturn Astra operated by 30 year old Jimmy M. Garrison also of Campbellsville.

Ms. Pirouz was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for possible injuries by Campbellsville – Taylor County EMS.


Date: Monday, February 24, 2020               Time: 7:56 P.M.


Location: Kentucky 55, US 68 (Broadway), and Kentucky 210 intersection.


Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department, Campbellsville Fire – Rescue, and


       Campbellsville – Taylor County EMS.



Investigating Officers: Officer Elliott Taylor


Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

Campbellsville Police investigates Multi-Vehicle Accident

On Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:51 P.M., Campbellsville Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of Kentucky Highway 55 and US 68 (Broadway).


A 2005 Dodge Dakota operated by 19 year old Nathan B. Ray of Greensburg was traveling northbound on Kentucky 55 approaching the intersection of KY 55 and US 68 (Broadway).  As Mr. Ray approached the intersection, his brakes failed causing him to strike a 2015 Chrysler 200 operated by 28 year old Adria L. Sanders of Greensburg.  Mr. Ray continued into the intersection of KY 55, US 68, and KY 210 after striking the Sanders vehicle and then struck a 2004 Ford F-150 being operated by 35 year old Jeremy M. Leugers of Celina, OH. 


Ms. Sanders was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries by Campbellsville – Taylor County EMS.

An Elkhorn Man Died in Friday Night Auto Accident

 An Elkhorn man died as a result of a single vehicle collision in northern Adair County Friday night.


Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Adair County 911 received a call of a single vehicle collision on Elkhorn Road in Adair County, preliminary investigation shows that Ronald Woodrum age 67 was traveling north on Elkhorn road along with his passenger a 3 year old child.   Woodrum was operating a 2018 GMC Sierra truck when he lost control leaving the roadway on the left side and struck a tree, Woodrum was pronounced deceased at the scene and the 3 year old child was airlifted to University of Louisville by helicopter.


Seatbelts where in use for both driver and passenger, the 3 year old was treated and released.

The investigation is being continued by the Adair County Sheriffs Office, Deputy Joey Keith was assisted on scene by Chief Deputy Justin Cross.


   Agency’s responding where Knifley Fire Department, Columbia - Adair Fire Department, Adair EMS , Adair Coroner's Office and the Adair County Sheriffs Office. 

Car vs Tractor in Green County

Green County Sheriff Dept investigated a Car vs Tractor accident Saturday,

sheriff Robbie Beard told 99.9 The Big Dawg that a car operated by Crystal Cecil collided with a tractor on highway 61 between Greensburg and Summersville.

The tractor was operated by HW Nunn of Greensburg, Nunn was treated and realeased. Cecil was not injured.

Campbellsville Man Arrested Saturday Night

Campbellsville Police have arrested 36 Jeffrey H. Wright of Taylor County on an indictment warrant charging him with Burglary 1st,  6 Counts of terroristic threatening and possession of Methamphetamine .

Wright was lodged in the Taylor County Jail.

The Fire Alarm Sounded in Campbellsville Wednesday

Structure Fire

204 Southern Drive 



Call Received 1557

On Scene 1558

Control 1605

Leaving Scene 1657


Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working structure fire in a residence. Upon arrival firefighters found moderate smoke coming from the front door of the residence. Firefighters searched the residence, extinguished the fire and provided overhaul to the residence. There was moderate fire and smoke damage to the residence. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No civilian or firefighter injuries was reported. 


15 Campbellsville Taylor County Firefighters on scene


CFD Apparatus on scene

Engine1, Truck 1 and Chief

Taylor County Man Arrested Last Week on Sexual Misconduct

Campbellsville, Ky. (February 14, 2020) - On Thursday, February 13, 2020 at approximately 4:32 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Benjamin A. Sallee, 27, on charges related to unlawful distribution and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Sallee was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.
The investigation resulted in a search warrant at a residence in Campbellsville on February 13, 2020. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.
Sallee is currently charged with ten counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and five counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. These charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Sallee was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

Fatal Collision on the Columbia Bypass

Saturday morning at approximately 7:34AM, Officers Anthony Darnell and Trevor Foster of the Columbia Police Department responded to the intersection of the Adair Veterans Memorial Bypass and Greensburg Road to an accident with injuries. 

Preliminary investigation indicates that 77 year old George A. Blevens, Sr. of Shepherdsville, KY was operating a 2013 Buick when he pulled from Greensburg Road into the path of a 2017 Kenworth tractor trailer operated by Edward L. Johnson, III of Madison, TN. Johnson was not injured in the collision. Blevens was transported by Adair EMS to T.J. Health Columbia and later transferred to University of Kentucky Hospital via air ambulance where he ultimately passed away due to his injuries.

Officer Anthony Darnell is continuing the investigation. He was assisted on scene by Columbia Police Officers Trevor Foster and Jordan Dean, along with Deputy Chandler Staten of The Adair Sheriff’s Department and members of the Adair Co. Fire Department and Adair Co. EMS

The Fire Alarmed Sounded Friday Afternoon in Campbellsville

The location was a barn at 1852 old Hodgenville road in the limits of Campbellsville.

Fire Chief Chris Taylor said that when firemen arrived they found a large barn engulfed in flames.
The cause of the fire is under investigation...
22 firefighters responded and were on the scene for over 3 hours.

One Vehicle Accident Friday Morning in Taylor County

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said 55 Denise Hash of Campbellsville was traveling Saloma road Friday morning when she struck a patch of ice in the roadway and lost control of her auto.

Hash and a passenger 5 Kyler Gaines were transported to Taylor regional Hospital in Campbellsville.

The accident investigated by Deputy Brent Burkhead and captain Brian Pickard with the Taylor County Sheriffs Dept.

Fire Alarm Sounds in Summersville

Summersville Fire Department was call out at 5:06am upon arrival firemen discovered a working structure fire located at 120 Raymond Despain Rd arriving units found a fire in the garage working into the attic area of the structure. The house and garage suffered minor smoke and water damage, The cause is not known and is still under investigation and was on scene for approximately 2 hours. 

Summersville was assisted by Greensburg Fire Department.

Greensburg Man Arrested in Campbellsville

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:27 P.M., Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a possible intoxicated person at Wal-Mart.  Officer Elliott Taylor responded, and came into contact with 26 year old Kyrie Hollins of Greensburg.  Ms. Hollins was determined to be under the influence of Meth and placed under arrest.  Upon searching Ms. Hollins, Officer Taylor located Meth.  She was transported to the Taylor County Detention Center and charged with the following;

Public Intoxication

Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth)

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020               Time: 7:27 P.M.


Location: Wal-Mart


Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department


Investigating Officers: Officer Elliott Taylor


Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

Taylor County Extension Office is Taking Applications for Homemakers Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 Taylor County Extension Homemakers Scholarship until April 15, 2020. Three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded.


Eligible graduating high school seniors from Taylor County High School and Campbellsville High School who will begin studies at a Kentucky college, university, vocational or technical school during the 2020-2021 academic year can apply.   


Recipients will be selected based on the basis of academics, financial need, and involvement in school, church, and community activities taking into consideration an applicant’s participation in Family and Consumer Sciences, FCCLA, 4-H and other Family and Consumer Science related courses and activities.


Applications for all scholarships are available from high school counselors, Family & Consumer Sciences teachers, and the Taylor County Extension Office.  They may also be found at

Completed applications must be returned according to the instructions of the applications.


For more information contact the Taylor County Extension Office at 270-465-4511.

Home Place on Green River is Looking for a Farm Manager

Homeplace on Green River is looking to hire a  full-time manager which is a significant event in the advancement of the farm.  It is the result of an $84,000 grant with the possibility of an additional $26,000 if Homeplace can raise a $25,000 match in the next 12 months.  The search for this hire is underway.    If you would like to know more about this position contact Billy Joe Fudge at .


Fire Alarm Sounded Saturday in Greensburg

Greensburg Firemen battled a blaze Saturday at 12:38 at the Burress Apartment Complex on East Columbia Ave.

Fire Chief Lawrence Gupton said the cause was a dryer that caught fire, 6 apartment were damaged by the fire. 

Drug arrest in Casey County

Liberty, Ky. (February 10, 2020) – On February 8, 2020 at approximately 10:08 AM EST, Trooper Jake Harper responded to a residence on Strong Branch Rd in reference to a theft complaint. Upon arriving Tpr. Harper made contact with 52 year old Joseph Lynn of Liberty. Lynn appeared to be under the influence and stated his mother was inside the residence disposing of methamphetamine. Tpr. Harper spoke with the home owner, Wanda Henson who consented to a search of the residence. Tpr. Harper located several clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine inside of them. Lynn was arrested for public intoxication-control substance and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine); he was lodged in the Casey County Jail.

Russell County Auto Accident

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that around 9 a.m. Thursday morning, a two-vehicle accident occurred on Highway 80 in the Royville community.

18 year old Brooklyn Beard of Magnolia was operating a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. She rear-ended a 2002 Ford van, driven by Russell Antle of Russell Springs as he was waiting to turn into his residence.

Rain-slick road conditions played a factor in the accident.

Brooklyn Beard was arrested on the scene by Sheriff  Derek Polston for driving on a suspended license and no insurance. She was also served with an outstanding warrant and lodged in the Russell County Jail.

Assisting at the scene where Chief Deputy Jerry Melton and Deputy Luke Hughes.

Fire Alarm Sounds this Morning in Campbellsville

Apartment Triplex Structure Fire (Jonathan Drive Incident)

101 Johnathan Drive



Call Received 0441

On Scene 0445

Control 0502

Leaving Scene 0723


Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of porch of a house on fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a single story triplex on fire with heavy fire and smoke coming from the structure. Firefighters conducted a primary and secondary search, extinguished the fire and provided extensive overhaul to the apartment complex.  There is heavy fire, smoke and water damage to the entire complex. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No civilian or firefighter injuries was reported. 


15 Campbellsville Taylor County Firefighters on scene


3 Apparatus on scene

Engine1, Engine 2, and  Truck 1

Casey County Man Arrested on Sexual Misconduct

34 year old Ed Edwards of Liberty, KY was arrested on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, at 9:12 AM EST on Industrial Park Drive in Liberty following an investigation by Trooper Billy Begley. Edwards was indicted on January 27th, 2020 by the Casey County Grand Jury and charged with eight counts of incest- victim U/12 YOA or serious physical injury, three counts of incest- forcible compulsion/incapable of consent, two counts of Rape 1st degree (attempt), two counts of Sexual Abuse 1st degree, seven counts of Sodomy 1st degree, victim under 12 YOA, two counts of Sodomy 1st degree, and eleven counts of Criminal Abuse 1st degree- Child 12 or under. Edwards was lodged in the Casey County Detention Center. 

Census Workers Needed in Taylor County

If your looking for a job now is your chance to go to work in the 2020 Census Count, Ken Hamilton told the Campbellsville City Council last night that people are needed to help count Taylor County's exact population.

The pay is $14.00 per and 58 cents per mile driven, if you would like a job with paid training then contact Ken Hamilton Monday and Tuesday at the Kentucky Career Center, Wednesday and Thursday at the old court house behind the Big Dawg radio station in downtown Campbellsville.
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