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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2020-03

Adair County Man arrested on Meth Charges


On Monday, March 30, 2020 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman reports the Adair County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of suspicious activity on Neat Hollow Rd, east of Columbia. Deputies Joey Keith and Chandler Staten arrived on the scene and located the suspect's vehicle, a blue Chevrolet passenger car.  57-year-old Lewis Burton was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), and Operating on a Suspended KY Drivers License.


Taylor County Woman Injured in One Vehicle Car Wreck

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that Amanda Tosh 29 of Campbellsville was traveling Saloma Road at 6:45am this morning when she lost control of her car and skid into a ditch,

Tosh was taken to Taylor County Regional Hospital.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Rodney Cox with the Taylor County Sheriffs dept.

Corona Virus in Taylor County

Lake Cumberland District Health Department Director Shawn Crabtree has confirmed the first case of the Corona Virus in Campbellsville.

Lake Cumberland dist Health Department has announced it's first case of the corona Virus in Taylor County at 12:30pm today on 99.9 the Big Dawg in Campbellsville

The person was identified as a employee of Kroger in the pharmacy at Green River Shopping Center. The Health Department is now tracking her contacts.

They are asking people to take the news very seriously and follow the guidelines to avoid becoming infected and or sharing the germs. 

A Russell Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Adair

The Adair County Sheriffs Office seizes over $30,000 in Methamphetamine along with cash and a stolen firearm.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:23pmCT, Deputy Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Ford car. The Sheriffs Office had been receiving numerous complaints in the area of Snake Creek of possible drug activity and was investigating those complaints.     
The vehicle was operated by Levi Abbott, 37, of Russell Springs. The roadside investigation led to a search of the vehicle. That's when deputies recovered 1.3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine (with a street value of over $30,000), scales, pills, and a large amount of cash. Abbott was also in possession of a .380 caliber handgun that was entered as stolen from a neighboring county.  
Abbott was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon 
  • Possession of stolen firearm 
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia 
  • Operating a motor vehicle under influence of drugs

Deputy Keith was assisted on the traffic stop by Chief Deputy Justin Cross and Deputy Derek Padgett.

Marion County Man Charged in Taylor

Campbellsville Police arrested 40 Jeffrey Mattingly of Lebanon last night charging him with speeding 26 over the limit, fleeing police, reckless driving and possession of Methamphetamine.

Mattingly was lodged in the Taylor County Jail by Campbellsville Officer Aaron Fields.  

Taylor County Woman Injured in Car Wreck

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said the accident occurred on last night on Blue Hole Road just after 6pm when 17 Kara Cox of Campbellsville lost control of her auto and struck a tree head on.

Cox was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital,
The accident was investigated by Sgt. Mark Dicken with the Taylor County Sheriff Dept.

Two Marion County Men Died Sunday in Car Wreck

Lebanon, KY (March 23, 2020) -Trooper Weston Sullivan is investigating a collision that occurred on March 22nd, 2020 at approximately 8:00 AM EST, 7 miles south of Lebanon on KY 1157. Preliminary investigations indicate that 21 year old Joshua Thomas of Lebanon was operating a 2011 Dodge pickup north bound on KY 1157, when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and overturned coming to final rest in a creek. Thomas and 21 year old Andrew Mays, who was a front seat passenger, were not belted and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. 20 year old Bryce Thompson, was belted and transported to Springview hospital by EMS where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 21 year old Jakie Mays Jr. was not belted and was also transported to Springview hospital by private vehicle and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by other Kentucky State Police personnel, Marion County EMS and the Marion County Coroner’s office.



KY 70 (Liberty Road) will be closed between KY 1798 (Stoner Creek Road at Acton) and KY 337 (Bradfordsville Road) beginning Monday, March 23rd through Thursday, March 26th from 8am until 4pm, daily.  Crews will be making cross-drain repairs.  Local access will be maintained between the KY 1798 and KY 337 closure/detour points.

Campbellsville Man Arrested

Campbellsville Police arrested 33 Adam C. Hicks on charges of assault, leaving the scene of an accident and wanton endangerment. Hicks was lodged in the Taylor County Jail.

Kentucky Utilities Suspends Disconnects

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – As Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Kentucky Utilities Company and Old Dominion Power continue work to assist customers in the wake the of ongoing uncertainty around the impacts of COVID-19, the utilities today announced an expansion of their efforts. To help ease some of the challenges faced by businesses across their service territories, LG&E, KU and ODP are suspending disconnects and waiving new late fees for all business customers until at least May 1.


The move by the utilities further applies assistance efforts that began Monday, as it was announced LG&E, KU and ODP are temporarily suspending disconnects and waiving late fees for residential customers who may have difficulty paying their bill during this time.


The utilities’ vice president of Customer Services, Eileen Saunders, says the hope is that the expansion of the policy will both assist all customers in managing through this difficult time and help, in small part, to protect the local economy from the impact of the ongoing crisis.


“We appreciate the contributions, economic value and character local businesses bring to our communities and, just as our residential customers, we know they’re struggling,” said Saunders. “We hope this policy will give them a bit of relief as they continue to try and navigate the uncertainty now and ahead.”


Realizing that many customers may be changing their daily routines and interactions, the utilities are reminding customers of their multiple payment options including online at, by phone or mail.  LG&E, KU and ODP encourage customers to contact their respective utility, where customer care representatives are prepared to work with them to establish payment arrangements and connect them with available resources to help. In addition, each customer is encouraged to pay as much as possible even if unable to pay the entire account balance. 


Customers can also address a variety of other needs through the utilities’ website or automated voice system. Currently, all LG&E, KU and ODP business offices and facilities remain open and in operation. The drive-through windows offer a safe way to interact with customer care representatives. For those who walk-in, extra precautions have been established inside the centers to protect employees and customers including sanitizing common areas more frequently, adding more sanitizing dispensers and installing plastic shields to minimize contact.


Marion County Water District Up-Date

Marion County Water District continues to monitor the Coronavirus crisis on a regular basis.  We recognize that access to clean water for washing hands is a vital component in reducing the spread of the virus.  Because of this, we have decided to suspend disconnections for non-payment.  This is a temporary measure and customers are still responsible for paying their water bill.  Marion County Water District will continue to work with customers who can’t pay by the due date.  Customers needing to discuss payment options should contact us at 270-692-2004.

To continue our efforts in protecting our community and employees, effective March 17, 2020, Marion County Water District will also be closing our lobby to public access.  Payments can be at made at our drive-through window, night deposit box and through the payment portal on our website (  Also, on a temporary basis only, we will take credit card payments by telephone.  

We appreciate your consideration during these difficult times.

Taylor County Courthouse to Close due to Virus Threat

Taylor County Judge Executive Barry Smith told 99.9 The Big Dawg that the courthouse will be closed to the public until further notice due to Corona Virus threat, Smith said services will still be provided with drop boxes set up out front for payments to all offices. 

If anyone has questions can contact Barry Smith 270-465-7729.

Campbellsville Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase

 A Taylor County Man was  arrested after a high speed chase that started in Columbia and ended near Campbellsville, Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 37 Chris Janes of Campbellsville.


Janes was wanted on Felony Warrants out of Fayette County and was to considered armed and dangerous, Janes failed to stop and the pursuit with speeds reaching 100 mph occured as the chase headed toward Campbellsville on Highway 55 where it ended near Lone Valley Road. 


Janes stopped and fled the vehicle and was located nearby with a gun to his head, officers began negotiating with him deploying a taster to subdue him.


37 Chris Janes was charged with: 

Reckless Driving

Speeding 26 over the limit

Wanton Endangerment

Resisting Arrest

Fleeing police...


The Arrest by the Adair County Sheriffs Dept with addition charges pending.

Adair County was assisted by Campbellsville Police, Taylor County Sheriffs Dept, KSP, Columbia Police.


New Court Rules Due to Corona Virus Threat

Supreme Court of Kentucky 
On March 6, 2020 Governor Beshear entered Executive Order 2020-215 and declared a State of Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency in the Commonwealth. In light of this measure and to protect the health and safety of court employees, elected officials, and the general public, and under Section 116 of the Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 1.010, the Supreme Court hereby ORDERS the following measures to be implemented from Monday, March 16, to Friday, April 10, 2020:   
1. With the exception of emergency matters, domestic violence hearings, and evidentiary hearings in criminal cases, all in-person appearances for civil and criminal dockets shall be canceled. Judges are encouraged to use telephonic or video technology for all necessary hearings, including arraignments and mental health hearings.  
2. All civil trials, hearings, and motions shall be postponed and rescheduled for a later date. Any civil trial or hearing currently in progress shall be continued or completed at the discretion of the presiding judge.  
3. Reasonable attempts shall be made to reschedule all criminal trials, subject to a defendant’s right to a speedy trial.  
4. With the exception of emergency matters and hearings statutorily required to be held, small claims, eviction, juvenile, probate, traffic, and guardianship cases shall be continued.  
5. Courtroom attendance shall be limited to attorneys, parties, and necessary witnesses. 
6. A case involving an attorney or party who is ill or in a high-risk category shall be rescheduled. 
7. Judges shall issue summonses in lieu of bench warrants or notices of failure to appear.  
8. All show cause dockets for payment of fines and court costs scheduled within this timeframe shall be continued for 60 days.  
9. The 20-day preliminary hearing requirement for out-of-custody defendants under RCr 3.10 is waived during the effective dates of this Order.  
10. Jurors who are ill, caring for someone who is ill, or in a high-risk category shall have their jury service postponed to a later date.   
11. New juror orientations shall be suspended.  
12. Existing jury panels may be extended at the discretion of the court.  
13. Attorneys are encouraged to use e-Filing. 
14. Drop boxes should be used for conventionally filed documents if available. 
15. Signage shall be posted at all public entry points advising individuals not to enter the building if they have:  a. Visited China, Iran, South Korea, any European countries, or any other high-risk countries identified by the CDC in the previous 14 days;  b. Resided with or been in close contact with someone who has been in any of those countries within the previous 14 days;  c. Traveled domestically within the United States where COVID-19 has sustained widespread community transmission;  d. Been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency;  e. Been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or f. A fever, cough or shortness of breath.  
16. Individuals attempting to enter in violation of these protocols shall be denied entrance by a bailiff or court security officer.  
17. Bailiffs shall discourage congregating outside courtroom doors and encourage social distancing inside the courtroom.  
18. Individuals with legitimate court business who are ill, caring for someone who is ill or in a high-risk category are advised to stay home and request a continuance by calling the local Office of Circuit Court Clerk.  
Nothing in this Order shall preclude the chief district and chief circuit judges from implementing additional local restrictions as needed. This Order shall be effective from March 16, 2020, to April 10, 2020, or until further Order of this Court.  

Campbellsville Woman Arrested for Drugs & DUI

On Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:15 A.M., Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver. Officer Aaron Fields located the vehicle that was reported to him and witnessed the vehicle being driven carelessly. Upon stopping the vehicle, Officer Fields realized that the operator 28 year old Bronte P. Karr, who also had a small child in the vehicle, was indeed under the influence. 

After a brief investigation, Officer Fields arrested Ms. Karr and transported her to the Taylor County Detention Center where she was charged with:

  Careless Driving

  DUI 3rd offense

  Booster Seat Violation

  Wanton Endangerment 1st degree

  Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth)

  Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st offense


Date: Monday, March 9, 2020          
Time: 9:15 A.M.

Location: Area of Federal Place and Broadway

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

Investigating Officers: Officer Aaron Fields and Officer Jacob Hedgespeth

Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson


Lebanon Woman charged in Stabbing Incident

On Tuesday 03-10-2020 at 1:52pmET, Lebanon Police responded to a report of a stabbing that occurred in Rosenwald Village.


Marion County EMS responded and transported a 16 year old male juvenile to Springview Hospital. 20-year-old Alyssa S. King of College Street, Lebanon was charged with Assault 1st and lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. 


Officer Jeremy Elder is the investigating officer. The case is still under investigation.




Man Arrested at Five Store on Broadway

On Monday, March 9, 2020 around midnight, Officer Jonathon Leigh observed Dalton Kent of Taylor County at Fivestar on Broadway whom he knew to be "wanted". As Officer Leigh was handcuffing Kent, he began to flee on foot and was apprehended after a short foot chase.


Officer Leigh was assisted by Deputy Stephen Dobson TCSO. Kent is charged with two Taylor County warrants, Fleeing or evading 1st degree (on foot) and resisting arrest.



Date:   03/09/2020          

Time: 0004 Hours

Location: Fivestar-Broadway

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

Investigating Officers: Jonathon Leigh

Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson


Taylor County Man Arrested on Drug Charges

A Campbellsville Man was arrested on drug charges Monday evening.


35 year oldJeremy Tucker was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled substance. Tucker was lodged in the Taylor County Jail. 

Drug Arrest in Columbia

While patrolling in the White City neighborhood of Columbia on Sunday afternoon, CPD Officers observed a male and female standing outside a vehicle near the corner of West Barbee and Alexander Street. The two appeared to be under the influence 


Upon making contact and confirming the subjects were under the influence, they were placed into custody and found to be in possession of narcotics.


Derek Steven Philpot, 37, of Franklin, KY was charged with Public Intoxication and Possession of Methamphetamine (a class D felony).


Samantha Philpot, 32, also of Franklin, KY was charged with Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance (both misdemeanors). Philpot was additionally charged with promoting contraband 1st degree after it was found she was concealing a number of pills in her sock while being booked into the Adair County Jail.
CPD Officers Evan Burton and Jordan Dean made the arrests.

Campbellsville Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Campbellsville Police arrested 29 Cody Mann of Campbellsville on charges of possession of Heroin.

Mann was lodged in the Taylor County Jail.

Campbellsville Police Safety Check Points

The Campbellsville Police Department will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints throughout Campbellsville.  During the checkpoints officers will be enforcing laws related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, licensing of motor vehicles and operators, registration and insurance violations, seat belt and child restraint violations, and motor vehicle equipment violations. 


Below is a list of traffic safety checkpoint locations.  These roadway locations include, but are not limited to:


  1. KY 3183 (Meader Street) at the intersection of Chandler Street
  2. KY 3183 (South Columbia Ave.) at Amazon
  3. KY 3518 (Roberts Road Bypass) at Industrial Road
  4. KY 527 (North Central Ave.) at Valero
  5. KY 323 (West Main Street) at Sheridan Drive
  6. Carnation Street
  7. East Walnut Street at Industrial Drive
  8. Martin Luther King Blvd. at Allen Street


Traffic Safety Checkpoints are a valuable tool used to promote the safety and well being of the public as well as providing police with visibility and interaction with the community.  Checkpoints are utilized throughout the Commonwealth to help promote highway safety. 


Date: Friday, March 06, 2020                


Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department


Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

Sex Crimes, Burglary, Theft, Drugs and Forgery indictments in Taylor County

Campbellsville Grand Jury Indictments:

Robert Adkins and Ursula J. Adkins of Campbellsville- Criminal Abuse and Wanton Endangerment (victim under 12)
Robert Gaylord Davis of Greensburg- Sodomy & Sexual Abuse (victim under 12)
Joshua M. Sallee of Campbellsville- Robbery, Burglary & Theft
Joshua A.Grisso of Campbellsville- Receiving stolen property
Maxwell T. Goff of Campbellsville- Strangulation and assault
Grant A. Campbell of Campbellsville- Strangulation and assault
Johnny R. Reardon of Campbellsville- Sexual Abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor. (victim under 12)
Timothy R. McCarty of Campbellsville- Burglary, Forgery, Identity Theft
Krista Akers of Campbellsville- Fraudulent use of credit card
Bobbie K. Homes of Campbellsville- Forgery
Austin T. Durham of Campbellsville- Forgery
Jeremiah D. Smith of Campbellsville- Possession of Methamphetamine
WVLC-FM reminds you an indictment is legal accusation and further court action is warranted.

Lebanon man Charged with Murder

Kentucky State Police investigated a murder Tuesday night in the limits of Lebanon and arrested a Marion County man. 

Big Dawg News has learned that 28 year old Tevaughn Porter of Lebanon was shot outside a residence on Oak Street and pronounced dead at the scene. 21 year old Treyvon Down of Lebanon has been charged with Murder. The case remains under investigation.