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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2020-04

Taylor County Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Crash

 

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that 24-year-old Justin Parker of Feather Creek Road, Campbellsville, KY was traveling on Highway 744 (West Saloma Road) when he lost control of his 2005 Yamaha motorcycle. Parker was ejected and airlifted to UofL Hospital in Louisville with a head injury. The accident ccurred just before 2pm on Monday. Parker was not wearing a helmet.

 
Taylor County Deputy Robert VanCleave investigated the accident.
 

One Adair & One Russell County Person Dies With Covid -19

Gov. Andy Beshear said today (Tuesday) that there are 230 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. There are now 4,375 total cases in Kentucky.

 
12 new deaths were reported today, including a 72 year old female from Russell County and a 75 year old male from Adair County. Total deaths are 224 with 1 probable death. 
 

Green County Preschool Registration

The Green County Preschool would like to announce the rescheduled dates for Preschool Registration.  On Thursday, May 14th and Friday, May 15th from 11:00am-4:00pm cst., registration will be held in a Drive-Thru format at the Green County Primary School.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this registration format will utilize social distancing and safety protocol.  Any parent wanting to register their child for preschool will need to call and schedule a drive-up time for either May 14th or May 15th.  You can do so by calling the Green County Board of Education @ 270-932-6601.  Any child registering for the upcoming 2020-21 Preschool year must be 4yrs old by August 1st, 2020.  You will need the following at the time of registration:

1. A copy of a current pay stub or a copy of a current W2 tax form for the income verification process according to Preschool regulations.

2. A copy of the state issued birth certificate (not the original)

Please check out the Green County Schools Facebook page for additional information regarding this registration format."

 

 

Marion County Man Arrested Following Shooting Incident

Springfield, KY (April 28, 2020) - On April 27, 2020 units from Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 7:40 AM EST, 7 miles north of Springfield on Mayes Creek Rd. 40 year old Anthony Moore of Springfield, stated a male subject showed up at his residence and demanded that he give him his car keys. When Moore refused the subject got angry, pulled out a pistol, shot him, and fled the scene. Moore was able to positively identify the shooter as 36 year old Alvin Miller of Lebanon, KY. Miller was located several hours later on Little Davis Road in Springfield and taken into custody. Miller was charged with assault 1st degree and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Miller was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. Moore was air lifted to UK Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition. This incident is under investigation by Detective Marvin Blakey, with assistance from KSP Aircraft, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

Greensburg Woman Charged with Rape & Sodomy

Greensburg Police arrested Judy Nevitt of Greensburg Saturday on two counts of Rape and one count of Sodomy.

Nevitt was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center,  no other details have been released at this time.

Taylor Regional Hospital Employee Diagnosed With Covid-19

Taylor Regional Hospital releases statement to 99.9 the Big Dawg News...
 
On Saturday, April 25, 2020, Taylor Regional Hospital (TRH) learned of a confirmed COVID-19 case relating to a hospital employee. 
 
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear published Executive Order 2020-215 on March 6, 2020, declaring a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Kentucky due to the nationwide outbreak of the novel corona virus.  Taylor Regional Hospital has been actively working during the time following the Governor’s declaration to prepare for treatment of COVID-19 patients and has had screening in place since March 16, 2020.  TRH restricted entry to the facility and began screening all patients and visitors for potential risk. 
 
Upon being informed of the confirmed case, TRH immediately began implementing local, regional, and state health department processes relating to investigation and notification of potentially affected individuals.  The safety of our patients and employees is our top priority. 
 
TRH continues to take precautions to ensure patient and staff safety.  The hospital is currently implementing the Commonwealth of Kentucky “Healthy At Work Initiative” and is carefully following the published standards relating to COVID-19 safety.  Anyone with direct contact with this team member will receive notification from the Health Department. 
TRH wants to alleviate concern to the public.  We have the facilities and the expertise to care for patients, while protecting the safety of all of our patients, visitors and employees. 
 
The hospital has negative pressure isolation rooms with specialized ventilation systems.  The staff is trained and is maintaining a state of continual readiness.  All personnel are wearing masks within the facility, and additional personal protective equipment when required for patient care. 
 
TRH will continue to communicate with the local and state officials and will continue to cooperate with those officials as they perform investigations and contact tracing.  It remains the mission and aim of Taylor Regional Hospital to provide excellent care to our community and the surrounding area during this public health emergency. 
 

Another Case of Covid-19 in Taylor County

Lake Cumberland District Health Department has confirmed a fifth COVID-19 case in Taylor County. A 67 year old male patient is currently in home isolation and doing well. The patient is an employee of Taylor County Schools. Three other school employees who were in the general area of the patient are quarantined for precautionary measures only. Taylor County School has strict protocols in place to minimize the mitigation of this virus. TCEM observed the school’s food delivery operation and found that all CDC guidelines were strictly adhered to. Ronnie Dooley - Director, Taylor County Emergency Management

Recent Update on State Representative John Bam Carney

This past Thursday, April 16th Bam was moved back to Norton’s. Bam’s main surgeon had called us two days in a row saying the nurses at Fraizer were not really used to dealing with a patient that had as many things going on as Bam had. He said his team had been and would go over each day to assist them at Fraizer with the wound vac so he could continue the therapy. However, on Thursday, one week after being there, the Kidney doctor made the call to get him back as he was getting dehydrated on them at Fraizer and it was affecting his kidneys. We put the address out there for Fraizer last week and Bam was blessed with a multitude of cards being sent to Fraizer. So far they have been getting them to him at Norton’s and we were able to meet a nurse last night and have started the process of putting them in a binder so that when he either gets more strength he can read them himself or once we can get back with him we will read them to him. I know they will certainly pick his spirits up as they have ours by looking through them. Back to the medical update, after getting back in Norton’s they put more IV fluids back in his body and continued to give antibiotics to fight the infection that continues to linger around. The nurses tell us that there has been some improvement in his kidneys the last few days. Today, they did find a blood clot in his leg and more fluid coming back around the left lung. So a chest tube was put back in to drain the fluid and blood thinner through the IV was started as a result of the clot. And of course with tomorrow being five weeks since the family has been able to be with him, I believe that continues to play a part in his healing as well. So all this may seem like a step back and some of it may be. I am going to choose to believe that it is all in the timing......God’s perfect timing. I have learned a lot about Bam over the past 4 months that even I as his brother didn’t know. He has certainly been blessed in his life to be able to meet so many people and to serve his community and state in the manner in which he has. We are very proud of him and thankful for him. And we are so encouraged and so very thankful to everyone for the continued thoughts and prayers and for all the support you have shown Bam and our family during his illness. We look forward to his continued improvement and him being able to join us in thanking each of you for the love and concern you have showed him. In the meantime, let’s continue to worship God as we continue to lift Bam up in prayer.
#God’sGloryOverBam

Gov Beshear Press Conference Wednesday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that the phased restart of Kentucky’s economy will begin next week, on Monday, with a segment of the health care services industry.

He said initially the easing of restrictions will allow for diagnostic and radiology testing, as well as non-urgent, emergent, in-person office and ambulatory visits.

“We are very close to coming to a consensus and an agreement in being able to put out guidelines for the gradual reopening of many of our hospital and health care services,” Gov. Beshear said. “We will be moving from this phase to others. Health care is a good and important place to start some of our reopening.”

The Governor said Kentucky will go through three phases in dealing with coronavirus: sacrifice, planning and patience and perseverance. The Governor said now we are in the planning and patience phase.

“Whether it is shuttering a business temporarily, or if it’s that you’re not going to work right now because of what has happened with this virus,” he said. “Whether it is changes to your life, your children not going to school, we have shown that we can pass the test of sacrifice.”

The Governor said the phased health care services reopening is the first under the Healthy at Work initiative he introduced Tuesday to help businesses reopen safely when the time is right.

The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

Gov. Beshear said a foundational basis for safely reopening the economy requires a massive scaling up of testing capacity in the commonwealth.

Expanded Testing

The Governor also said drive-through testing in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) will be expanded with a significant focus on African-American communities.

“We have seen the disproportionate impact – especially in the death rate – of this virus and so the commitment we are making teaming with Louisville and Lexington is that we are going to run more tests in that week, with the capacity of 1,500 per week in each of those locations,” he said.

On Wednesday, he announced an expansion of the state’s pact with Kroger and other new partnerships to bring drive-through testing to communities throughout the commonwealth.

The new testing sites with Kroger will be located in Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro and Bowling Green. Kroger testing is open up to everyone who needs a test. Those seeking to obtain a test can get location and registration details at the KrogerHealth website.

Testing will be conducted April 27 to May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Louisville’s Shawnee Park, 4501 W. Broadway; and at Lexington’s Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 500 Newtown Pike.

The testing also will be done April 28 to April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Owensboro Community College, 4800 New Hartford Road; and at Bowling Green’s South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road.

“This announcement on increased testing is a really great step for us here in the City of Louisville,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We all want to open up our economy in small steps as soon as we can but it’s absolutely critical that we have the testing that will be our guide.”

Through a separate partnership with Walgreens, Gov. Beshear said the company would offer a drive-through testing option in Lexington, starting Friday. The location is 2296 Executive Drive. The site is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Visit walgreens.com/coronavirus for additional information on registering.

“We are so excited to have these two new testing opportunities in Lexington,” said Mayor Linda Mayor Gorton of Lexington. “Our city acted early and quickly to prepare for COVID-19, and the numbers show Lexington citizens have done a great job at following social distancing recommendations. I greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation.”

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health also talked about different types of testing.

“Now we want clinician judgment to be the primary guide and if patients have concerns that they should get tested,” said Dr. Stack. “But remember, I’ve urged every step of the way that you should seek a test in partnership with a clinician who can help you know if the test you’ve gotten is useful for your particular situation and what you should do with the information when you get it.

‘We really need the hospitals and others to start using this test capacity, particularly as we look to start reopening some medical facilities next week. We have to see these numbers go up,” Dr. Stack added.

Case information

As of 5 p.m. April 22, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 3,373 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 196 of which were newly confirmed.

“Given that we are doing more tests and how those numbers have gone up and down, we do believe from the total number of tests that we have plateaued,” the Governor said. “Nobody wants 196 new cases, but we are not seeing a day-over-day increase, and when we average it all out we’re not seeing a three-day-over-three-day increase, which we were seeing as early as about two weeks ago.”

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 14 new deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s toll to 185 deaths related to the virus.

“They are very special people that we have lost, whose families are hurting,” the Governor said.

The newly reported deaths include a 68-year-old woman from Boyd County; a 74-year-old woman from Campbell County; a 71-year-old man from Fayette County; a 96-year-old woman from Graves County; a 76-year-old woman from Grant County; an 88-year-old woman from Hopkins County; three men, ages 50, 74, 87, two women, ages 85 and 80, and a 58-year-old of undisclosed gender from Jefferson County; and a 68-year-old man and an 83-year-old woman from Kenton County.

The Governor highlighted the death of Stanley Lee Buckler of Lexington, whose daughter-in-law wrote a Facebook post after his death on April 21 from the coronavirus.

“To Stanley’s entire family, we are thinking about you,” the Governor said. “When you look around you tonight and see those green houses and places of business, you see the color of compassion and renewal, know that even though we can’t be with you physically, we are all with you.”

At least 1,311 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.

“We want that number to keep going up each and every day,” Gov. Beshear said.

To date, at least 36,075 people have been tested. At least 1,105 people have ever been hospitalized with 301 currently hospitalized.

At least 564 have ever been in the ICU with at least 161 people currently in the ICU.

Gov. Beshear also offered an update on the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients and victims, which unfortunately highlights existing disparities in health and health care access.

The Governor said with about 84% of the known cases accounted for, 77.18% of Kentuckians who tested positive were white, 13.38% were black or African-American, 4.83% were multiracial, 4.56% were Asian and 0.04% were Native American or Alaskan Native.

The Governor also said with about 80% of the known cases accounted for, 91.98% of people who tested positive were non-Hispanic and 8.01% were Hispanic.

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 85% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 79.74% white, 17.73% black or African-American, 1.89% Asian and 0.64% were multiracial.

On fatalities attributed to the coronavirus, with about 84% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky deaths are about 98.72% non-Hispanic and 1.28% Hispanic.

More information The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Watch the Governor’s social media accounts at 5 p.m. ET each day for his regular briefing. Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s press conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider.

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media #TeamKentucky#TogetherKY#Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

Two Owensboro People Charged With Theft at Walmart

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 P.M., Campbellsville Police received a complaint of shoplifters who had already left Wal-Mart.  As Officer Joshua Patrick was responding to the scene, he located the suspect’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.  After an investigation, 35 year old Tabitha H. Gregory and 38 year old Kenneth T. Carter both of Owensboro, KY., were arrested for felony shoplifting.  Once at the Taylor County Detention Center, Ms. Gregory was discovered to have drug paraphernalia hidden on her person. 

Both were charged with;

Theft by Unlawful Taking O/$500 (shoplifting)

Ms. Gregory was also charged with;

Promoting Contraband 1st degree

Covid-19 Cases in Big Dawg Listening Area

Here are the latest cases of Covid-19 Cases in the Big Dawg radio listening area:

 
Adair County      56
Casey County      1
Clinton County     2
Cumberland Co   4
Green County      1
Larue County       4
Marion County   13
McCreary Co     10
Pulaski Co          36
Russell County   16      
Taylor County      4
Washington  Co   3
Wayne County     6

Campbellsville Woman Charged With Assaulting Her Mother

A Campbellsville woman was arrested after a disturbance Sunday morning, Campbellsville Police responded to 119 South Central Avenue to a domestic in progress.Lt Shannon Wilson told 99.9 the Big Dawg it was determined that 35 year old Chasity N. Garay had assaulted her mother. 

As officers attempted to place Ms. Garay under arrest, she began fighting and biting officers, she was taken into custody after a brief struggle and charged with the following;

Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO

Menacing

Resisting Arrest

Assault 3rd degree (police officer)

Ms. Garay was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

Campbellsville Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

Campbellsville Police Officer Elliott Taylor conducted a traffic stop on 39 year old Kathleen Hughes of 113 Roland Street, Campbellsville. 

After a brief investigation, Hughes was arrested and charged with;

Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth)

Possession of Marijuana

 

Hughes was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020               Time: 12:23 A.M.

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Elliott Taylor

 

Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

Campbellsville Man Arrested on Burglary and Other Charges

Ricky D Cox 60 of Campbellsville was arrested today and charged after causing a disturbance at a residence on North Garnett Road, Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 the Big Dawg that Cox allegedly broke the front door on a home to gain entry to the residence, Cox is also charged with destroying property at the same location. Newton also said that after officers made contact with Cox he then caused a scene by yelling, talking erratic and hearing noises. Cox was arrested on charges of Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Alcohol intoxication and resisting arrest. Newton said that Cox was admitted to Taylor Regional Hospital.  

Paul Pinson with the taylor County Sheriffs Dept. investigated.

Lincoln Trail District Health Dept Releases Today's Covid-19 Numbers

At press time, there is a total of 65 cases of COVID-19 in the Lincoln Trail District. An additional case was confirmed in Hardin County. The total number of cases per county is as follows:  Hardin--29, LaRue--4, Marion--13, Meade--3, Nelson--13, and Washington—3. Currently, 58 cases are on home isolation or have been released from monitoring. 
 
Although the COVID-19 epidemic has received much attention recently, America is still amid a serious substance abuse epidemic. According to the National Institutes of Health, COVID-19 could be especially dangerous to individuals who smoke tobacco, marijuana, or use vaping products. This in is due to the damaging effect COVID-19 can have on the lungs. This can also apply to people who inject drugs (PWID). People who use opioids or methamphetamine may be vulnerable due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and heart health. Additionally, the effects of these substances may make recovery from COVID-19 more difficult.  
 
Chronic respiratory disease is known to increase overdose risk among people taking opioids. Already at risk for many diseases and underserved by the healthcare system, people with addiction disorders may have even more limited access to health care if hospitals are pushed to capacity by COVID-19. High rates of homelessness and incarceration in this population can create higher exposure to the virus due to close contact with others who are at high risk. Finally, many of the public health measures that have been implemented can create additional barriers for substance users. Access to syringe service programs, medications, and support systems may be disrupted, and ability to self-isolate can be difficult due to unstable housing in many cases. As a result, those in recovery face additional stress and may be at increased risk for relapse.  
 
COVID-19 has altered the operation of many human service agencies. Programs are still available for PWID and those who are in active recovery. Many mental health services including individual, group, and peer support meetings are now offered online or virtually. Individuals seeking recovery services should contact their local providers for more information on availability. If you have access to the internet, visit findhelpnowky.org. Finally, communities that have existing Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) are still providing limited services.  
 

Campbellsville Man Charged with DUI After Head-On Collision

Campbellsville Police responded to a collision Sunday night with injuries at the intersection of Central Avenue and 1st Street. 

A 2015 KIA Sorento operated by 43 year old William D. Pittman of Elkhorn was traveling south on Central Avenue when he crossed the center line and struck a 2014 Honda van operated by 32 year old Vardhman Patel of Campbellsville head-on.

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

Pittman was arrested and charged with DUI.

 

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020               Time: 10:37 P.M.

 

Location: Central Avenue and 1st Street, Campbellsville, KY.

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department, Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, and             

 

       Campbellsville Fire.

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Jonathon Leigh

 

Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

Marion County Man Arrested On DUI-Meth Charges

On Saturday April 18, 2020 at 5:37 P.M, Campbellsville Taylor County E-911 received a call that an individual had attempted to steal a vehicle at the intersection of Bakers Branch and Kentucky Highway 76.  Officer Aaron Fields with Campbellsville Police located the suspect’s vehicle traveling on South Central Avenue.  Officer Fields conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the operator, 24 year old Joseph Mattingly of Lebanon.  After a brief investigation, Mattingly was arrested and charged with the following:

DUI 1st offense

Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth)

Failure to Wear/Remove/Tamper with/Destroy GPS Monitor Device

No insurance

Mattingly was arrested and transported to the Taylor County Detention Center.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020                Time: 5:37 P.M.

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Aaron Fields

 

Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

Campbellsville Man Charged on Felony Assault Charges

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Donald Walker 42 of Campbellsville was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a woman with a baseball bat on Ten Oaks lane in Campbellsville, Walker was arrested 8:43pm Sunday Night by Deputy Stephen Dobson. 

Taylor County Man Arrested on Auto Theft Charges

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton Reports Michael W. Johnson 32 of Campbellsville was in possession of a stolen vehicle in a case that the sheriff was investigating, Johnson was arrested at a convenient store on the Campbellsville by-pass. 

Two Vehicle Crash on Greensburg Road

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 the Big Dawg that Ma Luisa Perez-Arredondo of Tennessee was operating a Honda Civic and rear-ended a 2014 Ford Escape driven by Vickie Day of Campbellsville. Arredondo was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville, Day was not injured.

the accident occurred Thursday at 2pm on Greensburg Road and was investigated by Brent Burkhead and Dickie Benningfield with the Taylor County Sheriff Dept.

Campbellsville Men Arrested on Drug Charges

On April 16, 2020 around 0226 hours Officer J. Leigh was on routine patrol on South Central Avenue and made a traffic stop on a Green Ford Edge. The driver of the vehicle Brad Smith was found to be operating under the influence of drugs. A search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of methamphetamine. Smith and a passenger, Arthur Garrett, were arrested by Officer Leigh and Officer E. Taylor. Garrett was charged for possession of meth 1st offense. Smith was charged with DUI 1st offense, Possession of meth 1st offense and driving with a suspended license.

 

 

Date:   04/16/2020          Time: 0226 Hours

 

Location: South Central Avenue

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

 

Investigating Officers: Jonathon Leigh U/417

LaRue County Woman Dies in UTV Accident Sunday

A Magnolia woman died early Sunday in a UTV accident on Sprowls Ridge in Taylor County, Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg News that Katie Grisez 21 was riding in the UTV when it struck a hole and overturned ejecting Grisez, she was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital and later died.

Sheriff Newton said the investigation continues into the accident on exact details of who was driving the UTV, Big Dawg has learned that alcohol was possible involved.

Russell County Woman Injured in Sunday Accident in Adair

 A Taylor County man was involved in an injury accident Sunday on highway 61 in Adair County, sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that the collision occurred when Alvin Bright 48 of Campbellsville was traveling south on KY 61 in a 2017 Ford truck pulling utility trailer that detached from his truck and entered into the oncoming lane, the trailer struck a 2014 Jeep being operated by Heather Bartlett  42 of Russell Springs who was traveling north .  

Bartlett was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and then transferred to TJ Health of Columbia.   Bright was uninjured and seat belts were in use .

Deputy Chandler Staten investigated the collision and he was assisted on scene by the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia -Adair County Fire Department .

Taylor County Woman Airlifted after Friday Accident in Adair

A Campbellsville woman was injured in an accident Friday afternoon on Russell Springs Road in Columbia, Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg...

 

The accident occurred when 29 year old Bethany Witham of Campbellsville was operating her 2017 Mazda passenger car and failed to stop on East 80 drive and pulled into the path of a 2020 Freightliner Semi being operated by 45 year old Columbus Mcgrew of Louisville Ky. Mcgrew was not injured. The Witham vehicle was knocked off the roadway.

Witham was treated on the scene by Adair County Ems and later flown out by helicopter to University of Kentucky for injuries sustained.

 

 Sheriff Deputy  Brandon Hitch is investigating officer and was assisted by Columbia Police Department , Kentucky State Police, and Columbia - Adair County Fire Department

34 COVID-19 CASES IN ADAIR CO; PRESS CONFERENCE AT 8:30AM


Reportedly, there are 34 COVID-19 cases in Adair Co. A press conference is scheduled for 8:30 this morning. Big Dawg sister station, 92.7 the WAVE, will be running the press conference live. 
 

 

 

Marion County Woman Has Died After She Was Shot by Ex

Raywick, KY  (April 6, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police is investigating a shooting that occurred on April 5th, 2020  on Clear Creek Road in the Raywick community of Marion County.

 
 KSP Post 15 was contacted by the Marion County 911 Center to respond to a complaint of 48 year old Timothy Mays of Lebanon being in violation of his KY EPO/DVO, by showing up at the petitioner’s residence. When Units arrived they discovered that 42 year old, Nina Devonne Hunt of Raywick, KY had been assaulted and had a single gunshot wound to her head Big Dawg News has learned that Ms. Hunt died yesterday.
 
 During the investigation an arrest warrant was obtained and Troopers were able to locate and arrest Mays charging him with Assault 1st Domestic Violence and Violation of a KY EPO/DVO. Mays was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. Hunt was transported to Springview Hospital by EMS and airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where she is listed in critical condition. KSP Detective Marvin Blakey leads the investigation.
 
Charges are expected to be upgraded to Murder.

Congressman James Comer Announces Assistance To Cattle Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of tremendous market volatility due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Congressman James Comer (KY-1) recently sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the agency expedite assistance to Kentucky’s cattle producers suffering from the current economic downturn.
 
“While I recognize that multiple commodities are facing unprecedented challenges amid the recent economic downturn, there is an immediate and critical need for our cattle producers,” Congressman Comer wrote.
 
With passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act, Congress appropriated needed funding for USDA to use to provide relief for American farmers and ranchers, including cattle producers. Specifically, Comer requested that the cow/calf and stocker sectors be considered for aid in response to the continued pricing challenges facing agriculture.
 
In asking for timely assistance for cattle producers, Comer cited research from Mississippi State University’s Department of Agriculture Economics showing a steep decline in price projections for the cow/calf and stocker industries in the coming months. The research summarized how COVID-19’s impact on cattle markets is negatively affecting the entire cattle industry.
 
“All farmers and ranchers are vital to national food security, economic growth and supply chain providers,” Comer added in the letter. “As you continue to implement relief programs for producers, I ask that Kentucky livestock and cattle producers be considered.”
 

Governor Andy Beshear Press Conference Tuesday

"It doesn’t matter what other states are doing. What we are doing is working. What we are doing is flattening the curve,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’re responsible for ourselves, our lives and the lives of people around us. It’s crunch time. You’ve done good work to date. It’s important to do even better.”

 

Long-term care facilities
Gov. Beshear provided an update on actions being taken at long-term care facilities. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kentucky’s long-term care facilities had 77 reported cases of coronavirus, including 55 residents and 22 staffers. There have been 11 deaths attributed to the disease.

 

“We’ve lost 11 Kentuckians who were in some long-term care facilities,” the Governor said. “This is a concern, and we’ve got to make sure we prevent the coronavirus from getting in as many of these facilities as possible and react quickly and swiftly when it does happen.”

 

Actions being taken system wide:

  • Encourage all residents to wear masks to reduce spread of virus
  • Cancel communal dining, social activities and limit the movement of residents around the facility
  • Minimize entry into resident rooms by bundling care and treatment activities
  • Restrict non-essential personnel, volunteers and visitors from entering buildings
  • Daily intake of temperatures and shortness of breath, cough and sore throat
  • Have low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care

Green River Correctional Complex
Gov. Beshear offered an update on coronavirus cases in the Green River Correctional Complex in Muhlenberg County. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Green River Correctional Complex had 14 total cases, including nine inmates and five staffers.

 

Among the steps being taken there, they will:

  • Extensively monitor inmate and staff health, and will move inmates to isolation unit when symptoms are reported
  • Stagger recreational time and limit the number of inmates released to increase social distancing
  • Permit and encourage all inmates to wear masks to reduce the spread of the virus
  • Temporarily close the gymnasium and cease all in-person activities such as sports, classes and chapel
  • Continue cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • Continually work with complex and medical staffers on infection control solutions for the entire facility

Western State Hospital
Gov. Beshear also provided an update on COVID-19 cases at Western State Hospital, where there were 13 reported cases, including nine patients and four staffers, at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 

“Our Office of the Inspector General and Secretary of CHFS (Cabinet for Health and Family Services) are working directly with Western State Hospital to make sure we are doing everything, not just to protect the patients, but also the staff,” the Governor said. “I know the staff in all of these facilities are scared. We’re going to do everything we can to work with them and protect them, but I want them to know how appreciative we are that they are helping those who truly need the help, knowing what we are facing.”

Among the specific actions being taken there:

  • Encourage all residents to wear masks to reduce spread of virus
  • Place hold on accepting new patients to decrease the spread of virus within the facility
  • Minimize entry into resident rooms by bundling care and treatment activities
  • Restrict non-essential personnel, volunteers and visitors from entering buildings
  • Daily intake of temperatures and shortness of breath, cough and sore throat
  • Have a low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care

The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

 

Unemployment insurance update
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton, in an update on unemployment insurance, said they are actively training more staff, going from 12 before the pandemic to now 1,000 to 1,200 on the phones to help Kentuckians. Gov. Beshear and Deputy Secretary Benton said it is a priority to add capacity and respond to the needs of Kentuckians.

 

“We have also tried to stop the denied letters from being sent, and that those who have received one should ignore,” Benton said. “We have also been able to move back the date that individuals can get that 13-week extension. You are going to be notified within the week how to reopen your claim for an additional 13 weeks. This is really good news, especially for miners who have lost their jobs and exhausted their benefits.”

 

Testing update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said the effort by the state was ramping up to do 2,000 tests a day. However, he said the availability of swabs and testing materials continues to be a roadblock to wider tests.

 

“These tests are not for everybody. We want to make testing available for everyone who needs it and we don’t have enough testing available,” Dr. Stack said. “So in a world where resources are limited, we have to deploy a scarce resource to a greater good.”

 

He said he supported hospitals that decide not to administer some tests.

 

“If you go to hospital to get a test and they tell you that you don’t qualify, I support the hospitals in their decision-making,” he said.

 

Racial breakdown of cases
Gov. Beshear also talked about the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients, which has been the subject of emerging news stories across the country.

The Governor said with about 68% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky’s cases included about 79.25% Caucasians, 12% African-American, 2.6% Asians and 2% multiracial.

 

“I’m watching the debates and stories as they’re coming out nationally, and I will say they are concerning,” he said. “But they do make me proud that we expanded Medicaid, and that is for all of our people, when we did. I think it’s given us years, all of us across Kentucky to get healthy, get regimented, get the medications that we need to get on with our lives.”

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 7, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 1,149 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 147 of which were newly confirmed.

 

“While this is a large number, and it is, we still don’t see the numbers going the same way in Kentucky as in so many other places,” the Governor said. “Today is the largest number we have reported, but our three-day trend is actually lower than our last three-day trend, and I’m not sure a lot of places in America can say that right now.”

 

Gov. Beshear said seven new deaths were reported Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 65 deaths related to the virus.

 

The new deaths included four men in Jefferson County, ages 42, 60, 70 and 85; two women from Lyon County, ages 72 and 94; and a woman from Adair County.

 

As a sign of compassion and renewal, the Governor asked Kentuckians to join him in lighting their homes green tonight in honor of the lives lost.

 

“The loss of these seven Kentuckians is a loss to all of us across Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “It ought to make us recommit to doing the things it takes to lose fewer and fewer Kentuckians every chance we get.”

 

Although the number of new cases reported today was large, Gov. Beshear urged Kentuckians to see how their sacrifices were stacking up nationally.

 

“New York today had 731 people that they reported passed away. New Jersey had 232. Pennsylvania, 78. Indiana, 34,” the Governor said. “Those are all Americans, and we will miss all of them. I hope that gives people out there kind of a scope of why we fight as hard as we do, why we make the sacrifices we do. Why we acted so early and aggressively. And for everybody out there sacrificing: It is paying off.”

 

Recent Updates

 

Governor issues urgent plea for PPE
Gov. Beshear asked that any person, company or agency with personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate do so immediately. A new hotline (1-833-GIVE PPE) and website (giveppe.ky.gov) have streamlined the entire donation process. In addition, PPE donations now are being accepted at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth and at Transportation Cabinet offices in Louisville and Lexington.

 

State parks
Gov. Beshear announced the state would begin allowing first responders and frontline health care workers to quarantine in cabins at state parks in six locations across the commonwealth, which would allow them to quarantine away from their families and other loved ones if necessary. “It’s a good use of those state parks and we’re excited to do it,” the Governor said. First responders and health care personnel interested in accommodations should contact their local emergency management operations center or visit kyem.ky.gov.

 

Read about other key updates from the week by visiting Gov. Beshear’s website, governor.ky.gov.

 

More information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit the official page for Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.

 

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

Jefferson County Man Arrested by Campbellsville Police

Campbellsville Police Officers were dispatched to an assault complaint Monday night on Ravine Way.

 

Dezmond Bell of Louisville was arrested and charged with the following:

 

-Assault 4th degree-domestic violence

-Resisting Arrest

-Possession of a handgun by convicted felon

-Possession of a firearm by convicted felon

-Strangulation 1st degree

-Disorderly conduct

 

 

 

Date:   04/06/2020          Time: 2220 Hours

 

Location: Ravine Way

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department

 

Investigating Officers: Jonathon Leigh

 

Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

Campbellsville Man Charged on Multiple Charges

On Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 3:19 P.M. Officer Jacob Hedgespeth received a complaint of a shoplifter at Wal-Mart. As Officer Hedgespeth was responding to Wal-Mart, he met the suspect’s vehicle on Kentucky 210 at Green River Plaza.  As Officer Hedgespeth attempted to stop the suspect, he fled at a high rate of speed.  After a short pursuit the suspect, 32 year old Alexandro Reyes of Campbellsville, wrecked his vehicle on Old Greensburg Road.  Reyes then accelerated in an attempt to continue to elude and struck Officer Hedgespeth’s patrol vehicle.  Reyes was then taken into custody with the assistance of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with the following;

Speeding 26 mph or more over the limit

Driving on a DUI suspended license

Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree (Motor Vehicle)

Criminal Mischief 1st degree

Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (Police Officer)

 

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020                Time: 3:19 P.M.

 

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Investigating Officers: Officer Jacob Hedgespeth  

 

Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson

Marion County Man Arrested After Shooting His Ex

Raywick, KY  (April 6, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police is investigating a shooting that occurred on April 5th, 2020 at approximately 8:48 PM EST on Clear Creek Road in the Raywick community of Marion County. KSP Post 15 was contacted by the Marion County 911 Center to respond to a complaint of 48 year old Timothy Mays of Lebanon being in violation of his KY EPO/DVO, by showing up at the petitioner’s residence. When Units arrived they discovered that 42 year old, Nina Devonne Hunt of Raywick, KY had been assaulted and had a single gunshot wound to her head. During the investigation an arrest warrant was obtained and Troopers were able to locate and arrest Mays charging him with Assault 1st Domestic Violence and Violation of a KY EPO/DVO. Mays was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. Hunt was transported to Springview Hospital by EMS and airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where she is listed in critical condition. KSP Detective Marvin Blakey leads the investigation.

38 New Cases of Covid-19 Virus Reported on Sunday

According to Gov. Andy Beshear, there are 38 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 955 confirmed cases in KY. 

 
There are 5 new deaths for a total of 45. Deaths are all female and include: 80, 66 & 54 year olds from Jefferson Co., an 85 year old from McClean Co. & a 90 year old from Woodford Co. 
 
The information was given at the Governor's Sunday afternoon press conference on the coronavirus.

Gov Beshear Press Conference on Sunday

 Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday said there will be a need to crack down on those who continue to ignore guidance and gather in public without practicing social distancing if people continue to risk the lives of fellow Kentuckians and spread the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

People can go out for groceries and supplies and, when practicing social distancing, for walks or other exercise in their neighborhood, but otherwise need to stay at home. 

 

“You individually have more control during this crisis than probably ever before in our history,” Gov. Beshear said. “Your specific actions make a difference in how protected the population is. So remember, it is your patriotic duty as an American, your duty as a Kentuckian to stay healthy at home.”

 

Gov. Beshear said he will likely announce further steps to reduce gathering this week.

 

“It really shouldn’t take this,” he said of the need to take further action because some are being irresponsible.

 

The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

 

“Do not travel anywhere for any reason,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

The Governor said social distancing is the key to blunting a surge in cases and urged Kentuckians not to let their guards down, even during the nice weather.

 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said Kentucky’s increase in cases has been slower than almost all other states because Gov. Beshear took decisive action and most people are listening to the guidance and direction.

 

“Kentucky jumped on it, took quick action and our curve started to flatten,” Dr. Stack said.

 

Gov. Beshear said Saturday that Kentucky is adopting, on a voluntary basis, the new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending that people wear cloth masks in some situations.

 

The new CDC guidance on masks can be found here.

 

“Cloth masks do not eliminate the need for you to do all of the social distancing,” Dr. Stack said. He said, even with masks, people must remain six to 10 feet apart.

 

“That’s what’s going to help us,” Dr. Stack said. “The hand hygiene, the covering your cough and your sneeze, that’s what’s going to keep us healthy.”

 

Testing update 
“We have entered a new agreement that we’re pretty excited about. It’s with Gravity Diagnostics in northern Kentucky. That agreement will provide up to 2,000 tests a day that we will be able to use around the state. The goal is going to be to use those outside the golden triangle, which has U of L and UK and a number of other avenues to get quick testing,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

“I want to say thank you to Gravity, which has significantly increased their capacity and what they’re doing at a really rapid rate. They’re a Kentucky group and we’re proud of them. And we appreciate them putting us first.”

 

Gov. Beshear also thanked Kentucky’s hospitals and the state Department for Public Health, including Commissioner Stack, who helped make this agreement come together.

 

National Guard
Gov. Beshear said 334 members of the Kentucky National Guard have been activated to help at hospitals and food banks.

 

“They’re doing everything from helping at hospitals to helping at our food banks, which need that help more now than ever. We will see more of our Guard being activated as we go,” he said.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 5, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 955 cases in Kentucky, 38 of which were newly confirmed. Of those cases, at least 306 patients have recovered.

 

“Let’s make sure we keep these numbers as low as possible. Let’s make sure we are all doing our part,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Officials have confirmed that at least 18,767 people have been tested, but the Governor said that the real number of tests likely is larger as there is some lag in reporting from different labs.

 

There were five new deaths reported Sunday, raising the state’s toll to 45 deaths related to the virus.

 

Those include 80-, 66- and 54-year-old females from Jefferson County, an 85-year-old female from McLean, and an 80-year-old female from Shelby. 

 

Read about other key updates from the week by visiting Gov. Beshear’s website, governor.ky.gov.

 

More information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.

 

The CDC encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.

 

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

 

Ohio Man Injured in Taylor County Car Wreck

 

The Taylor County Sheriffs Dept investigated an accident Tuesday evening at 6pm. Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Christopher Riddell of Camden, Ohio lost control of his vehicle and struck 3 mailboxes before colliding with a tree. Riddell was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital. The accident was investigated by Sargent Mark Dicken.

 

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