Free Covid-19 testing will take place today from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at Taylor County High School on Highway 210 in Campbellsville.
Free Covid-19 testing will take place today from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at Taylor County High School on Highway 210 in Campbellsville.
COVID 19 Cases #32 & #33 - According to the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, 2 additional people have been presumed positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Even though test results haven’t came back yet on case #33, the person has been exposed and is symptomatic.
Case # 32 - 35 year old male who is self isolated while the health department’s Investigation continues.
Case #33 - 73 year old male who is also self isolated and presumed positive due to direct contact with a previous case.
Taylor County currently has 17 active cases, all on home isolation.
As Taylor County cases rise, this pandemic is still very much active in our community. TCEM highly encourages everyone to continue taking the precautionary measures recommended by the CDC to protect yourselves, your family, and others.
Ronnie Dooley, Director- Taylor County Emergency Management
Lebanon, KY - On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Benjamin Andrew Buckland, age 31, on charges related to child sexual abuse material and illegal sexual acts with a minor. Buckland was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation.
The investigation was initiated after discovering the suspect was distributing and possessing prepubescent child sexual abuse material online. The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Marion County on June 23, 2020. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.
Buckland is currently charged with 8 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense (Class D felony), 6 counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense (Class D felony), 3 counts of sodomy 2nd degree (Class C felony) and 1 count of promoting sexual act by a minor under 16 years old (Class B felony). Buckland was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.
The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than 26 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.
Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in an 8.4% mortality rate among known cases.
Hospitalizations: We presently have 3 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 65 hospitalizations resulting in an 20.2% hospitalization rate among known cases.
Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 4 cases today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include, Pulaski: 1; and, Taylor: 3. In all, we have released 76.7% of our total cases.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 322 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This has resulted in the health department reaching out to over 2311 individuals during our contact tracing.
Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 2 today: McCreary: 1; and, Pulaski: 1. The new cases include:
While it was a better day for Lake Cumberland, it was a tough day for the state, adding 315 cases (the largest jump in over two weeks), and 11 deaths. We urge everyone to remember the guidance: we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.
Since we were asked to do a church-related update yesterday, we were further asked to do an all-around update today. We broadly categorize cases as related to (or tied to) businesses, churches, long-term care (LTC) facilities, medical facilities, or travel. Keep in mind that some cases are not tied to any of those, and some cases may be tied to more than one category. We have had:
We were asked to explain why churches pose a greater risk than some other locations. Inside a church (or a factory, for that matter), the 6-foot distance rule becomes less effective. Generally speaking, the 6-foot distancing rule is for normal breathing, for a short period of time while with few others, and in a well-ventilated or open space. Singing or praising enthusiastically makes the 6-foot distance increasingly risky due to ejecting more particles more forcefully into the air. Not wearing masks increases the risk further. The longer you are with a group, the more risk. The more people in the group you are with, the more risk. The longer you are with a group in an enclosed space, even more risk. The older the population (and church members tend to skew toward the high-risk age group) or the number of people with compromised immune systems or other health issues, the riskier the interaction. Shaking hands or hugging adds additional risk. Riskier places include daycares and bars. However, we have had no cases that I am aware of associated with those types of facilities yet, but they have been largely closed, at least until this point.
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 322 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 14,144 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/23/20 (this includes 14,141 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
On Friday, June 19, 2020 at 3:40amET, Campbellsville Police responded to the Mammoth Liquors parking lot in reference to a collision involving a pedestrian.
A 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by 52 year old Kimberly L. Curry of Campbellsville, struck a pedestrian, 77 year old Wanda J. Lewis, also of Campbellsville. Lewis was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS for non-life threatening injuries.
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, and Campbellsville Fire.
Investigating Officer: Officer Charlie Houk
A Campbellsville man was injured early Saturday morning on Highway 210-Hodgenville Road in Taylor County, Sheriff Allen Newton is reporting Joseph Mattingly, 53 of Campbellsville was treated at the scene by the LaRue County EMS and transferred to Hardin Memorial Hospital after a deer jumped into the path of his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The accident occured just after midnight Saturday morning and was investigated by Deputy Steven Dobson.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
“Team Kentucky, we can do this,” the Governor said.
“Keep getting tested, keep wearing masks, keep answering the call if our contact tracers reach out to you. We have the tools we need to slow the spread of COVID-19 significantly until we get a vaccine.”
The Governor also wished all Kentucky dads a happy Father’s Day.
“My dad worked tirelessly to show up for my brother and me, no matter what challenges he was facing,” said Gov. Beshear. “I always want to do the same for Will and Lila. They are my greatest joy. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and father figures out there who are giving their kids their very best even during such a difficult year.”
As of 4 p.m. June 21, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 13,750 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 117 of which were newly reported Sunday.
“We’ve been in this fight for more than three months now and, unfortunately, we still have a long way to go,” said Gov. Beshear. “But I have total confidence that Kentuckians will rise to the challenge in order to do one of the things we do best: watch out for families, friends and neighbors.”
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported two new deaths Sunday, raising the total to 526 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
“I know these families are in so much
The deaths reported Sunday include a 73-year-old man from Butler County and a 61-year-old man from Fayette County.
As of yesterday, at least 3,530 Kentuckians had recovered from the virus.
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians of the critical importance of filling out their U.S. Census forms. Those who have not can fill out the Census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office conducted an extensive investigation beginning in January 2020 involving several thousand dollars being taken from a bank account belonging to a local business in Taylor County. Through the investigation, it was determined that the suspect, Lura "Gail" Cox, 62, of Campbellsville, KY had obtained the bank account number to the business and allegedlly stole nearly $18,000 over a 2-year period. Cox was indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury earlier this month. She was arrested on the indictment today (Friday, June 19th) and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
On Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 7:30amET, Campbellsville Police began an investigation which led them to Lucky Vista Motel on South Columbia Avenue. Upon executing a search warrant on one of the rented rooms, Officers recovered approximately 1 ounce of cocaine along with drug paraphernalia. The investigation is continuing and arrests are forthcoming.
Investigating Officers: Officers Elliott Taylor & Ian McCullough
A Mannsville, KY man was arrested and charged with the stabbing of a Campbellsville man Monday evening.
Ronald Parker, 49, is charged with stabbing Leonard "Wynn" Bryant at 107 Christian Church Road in Mannsville. Bryant was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Parker was charged with Felony Assault 1st and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
|It is said that Public Health is a victim of its own success. The public, for example, doesn’t fully appreciate the disease outbreaks that never happen – the ones that are prevented by good public health work, such as vaccinations, proactive public health messaging, and the enforcing of sanitation laws.|
In a similar vein, while Lake Cumberland has experienced 274 positive COVID-19 cases, those cases resulted in over 1,800 “close contacts”. This means your local health department has reached out to over 1,800 people to determine how at-risk they were of contracting COVID-19 from their case exposures. A significant number of these were considered “high-risk” and asked to self-quarantine. Some of these “close contacts” converted to positives (became positive COVID-19 cases). The fact that they were already self-quarantined directly prevented other exposures. Thus, we have been actively mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic in our district.
Health departments across the nation are reporting how the public and political establishment are turning against them as they attempt to enforce closure orders, social distancing and the wearing of masks, for example. Understandably, everyone longs for things to be “back to normal”. No one wishes that more than public health. We certainly do not relish the role of enforcing such orders when they place us at odds with our friends, neighbors, business owners, worshipers, politicians, etcetera. However, we are required to do so by law, by administrative regulation and by Executive Order of the Governor. We also sincerely believe that the wearing of masks, the avoidance of crowds, and social distancing, for example, will help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 274 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 12,448 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 119 Kentucky Counties as of 06/14/20 (this includes 12,445 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report).
Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
A Green County man has been arrested on Sexual Misconduct charges...
49 year old Robert G. Davis of Greensburg was arrested Saturday by Lebanon City Police and charged with:
Davis was indicted by the Green County Grand Jury and taken to the Taylor County Detention Center.
An early morning traffic stop by the Adair County Sheriffs Office resulted in charges for a Columbia man.
Chief Deputy Justin Cross initiated the traffic stop on a 2007 Mazda passenger car on Jamestown Street. The vehicle was operated by Jonathon Dickson, 24, of Columbia.
Dickson was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of operating on a suspended license, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine).
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. Deputy Justin Cross was assisted by Deputy Chandler Staten and Officers with the Columbia Police Department.
Friday, June 12, 2020 has proven a busy day for first responders in and around Adair County. A call of a possible drowning at Mt. Carmel boat ramp (also known as Butler Creek Ramp) was received by Adair E-911 at 12:57PM this afternoon. Emergency responders specializing in technical and dive rescue scrambled to the scene. The body of Paul Wayne Dinkens, a 46 year old male of Columbia was located at 3:08PM Central Time. Investigation of the death is pending by Adair County Coroner, Todd Akin and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer, Cody Berry.
“Today’s multi-jurisdictional responses required efforts, dedication and skills that often go beyond the average or typical calls that we respond too” Says Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management, “We are all fortunate to have these responders in our County and have the relationship with Campbellsville Fire Rescue on our shared waterway”.
On the initial call of the drowning Adair County EMS, Breeding Fire Technical Rescue Team, Columbia - Adair County Fire Department, Campbellsville Fire - Rescue, Adair County Sheriff Office, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, District 6 Constable, Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, Kentucky State Police, Adair County Coroner, Kentucky Emergency Management and Adair County Emergency Management responded. Barren County Dive Team was on standby for dive services.
“Teamwork between all agencies resulted in providing closure to the family to the family of the deceased in a timely manner and a quick response to a missing child.” Says, Captian Brandon Harvey, Breeding Fire Department TRT.
As the second call came in the same responders transitioned from dive recovery to ground search with additional responders from Knifley and Burkesville Fire Departments on standby for other calls. Russell County Emergency Management was contacted but was cancelled before deployment of rescue or fire personnel.
Deputy Emergency Manager, Chad Wheet says “We appreciate the support and teamwork between everyone involved in today’s response”.
Thank you to the observant caller who noticed the male juvenile as being out of place. See something, say something.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 9:07pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to the Campbellsville University Campus in reference to a possible intoxicated person screaming. Officer Jonathon Leigh made contact with 22-year-old Richard D. Woodby of Campbellsville. While Officer Leigh was speaking with Woodby, he grabbed Officer Leigh by his shirt. After a brief struggle, Woodby was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Public Intoxication, Assault 3rd degree (police officer), and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree. Woodby was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.
Investigating Officer: Officer Jonathon Leigh
Lebanon, KY (June 8, 2020) On Saturday, June 6th, 2020 at approximately 9:00 AM Kentucky State Police Post 15 was notified of a two vehicle fatal collision involving a Taylor County Ambulance on U.S. 68 five miles west of Lebanon. Preliminary investigations indicate that 43 year old, George Mars of Campbellsville, KY was operating a 2018 Chevy Ambulance west bound when he approached a 2011 Ford F150 that was slowing down attempting to make a left hand turn onto Elk Run Rd. The driver of the Ford pickup, 47 year old Justin Grace of Gravel Switch turned left crossing the east bound lane at the same time the ambulance had entered that lane attempting to avoid the rear end collision. The Ford pickup was struck in the driver side by the ambulance. Grace was transported to Springview Hospital by EMS where he was airlifted to UK Medical Center, a 10 month old passenger in the truck was treated and released from Springview Hospital. Another passenger in the vehicle, Rose Grace age 41 of Gravel Switch was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroners office. Mars and a passenger, Sydney Smith, age 27 of Greensburg, were transported to Taylor County Hospital where they were treated and released. All parties involved were wearing their seat belts. This incident remains under investigation by Sergeant Adam Likins. Sgt. Likins was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon PD, Marion County EMS, and Lebanon Fire Department.
Campbellsville, KY (June 8, 2020) Trooper Dexter Colvin is investigating a collision that occurred on Sunday, June 7th, 2020 at 9:28 AM on KY 210 4 miles north of Campbellsville. Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a complaint of a reckless driver on KY 210. Troopers were able to locate the vehicle matching the description on KY 210 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Thomas Hunt, age 76 of Campbellsville, was operating a 2007 Chevy pickup westbound on KY 210 when he ran off the roadway multiple times, before leaving the left side of the roadway and striking a culvert. Hunt was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital and later transported to University of Louisville Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County Coroners office. Hunt was not belted and is suspected to have had a medical emergency at the time of the collision. Trooper Colvin was assisted at the scene by Trooper Weston Sullivan, Taylor County Fire, EMS and Rescue.
Greensburg, KY (June 6, 2020) - On Friday, June 5th, 2020 at approximately 1:20pmCT, Kentucky State Police Post 15 was notified of a 2-vehicle fatal collision on Matney Rd. Preliminary investigations indicate that 40 year old Jamie Young of Greensburg, KY was operating a west bound Ford Explorer when he crossed into the east bound lane striking a Nissan Rogue head on, operated by 57 year old Geraldine Turner of Greensburg, KY.
Turner was belted and pronounced deceased at the scene by the Green County Coroner. Young was not wearing a seat belt and was air lifted to U of L hospital. This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.
Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Green County Sheriff’s Department, Green County Fire/ EMS, Green County Rescue, Exie Fire Department and the Campbellsville Fire Department.
A Medic unit owned by Campbellsville-Taylor County EMS was involved in an accident Saturday morning that claimed the life of a Lebanon woman.
Big Dawg News has learned that Rose Lee Grace died as a result of the accident near the Marion County line at the bottom of Muldraugh Hill on US 68. Witnesses say the EMS Vehicle struck the auto that Grace was was a passenger in. Rose Lee Grace was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the EMS vehicle and a passenger were both injured. No other details are known pending a press release by Kentucky State Police.
Big Dawg News has learned that Geraldine Turner, 57 of Greensburg, KY died suddenly after her auto was struck head-on Friday afternoon on Highway 68 (Edmonton Road) in Green County by Jamie Young of Greensburg. Sources say a tire blew out on the Young auto causing it to veer into the path of Turner. Young was injured and taken to the hospital. No other details are known pending a press release by Kentucky State Police.
On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:32pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to Walmart in reference to 2 males shoplifting. Officer Josh Patrick responded and made contact with 40 year old Charles E. Jernigan of Campbellsville and 33 year old Christopher A. Thompson of Mount Sherman. After an investigation, both Jernigan and Thompson were arrested and charged with the following;
Burglary 3rd degree
Christopher A. Thompson-
Theft by Unlawful Taking U/$500 (shoplifting)
Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth)
Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Drug Unspecified)
Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container 1st offense
FRANKFORT, KY. (June 2, 2020) – The KSP Driver Testing Branch announced today that it will resume permit testing in select counties where the required CDC/Healthy at Work guidelines can be adhered to. In an effort to ensure the safety of permit applicants and staff, we have implemented a registration process where everyone will be required to schedule a specific date for their permit test. KSP will begin taking appointments, by phone, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
For a listing of counties currently offering permit testing and the contact information, please click the link below.
http://kentuckystatepolice.org/drivers-testing/. There you will find a list of current open test locations and the phone number for the KSP Drivers Test Administrator or clerk at each location. Please be patient as phone lines are limited and we anticipate high call volumes.
More information will be distributed as additional counties are added to our list. Please visit the KSP website periodically to see when your county will begin permit testing. We anticipate an announcement at a later date regarding road tests to begin in July.
On May 30, 2020 at 8:46 P.M. Officer Jonathon Leigh stopped a vehicle on Maple Street for traffic violations. The driver, Michael Collings, of Campbellsville was found to be driving under the influence of drugs. Drugs were also located on Collings, he was charged with the following;
DUI 1st offense
Possession of LSD
Possession of Marijuana
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020 Time: 8:46 P.M.
Location: Maple Street, Campbellsville
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department
Investigating Officers: Officer Jonathon Leigh
Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson
Green County Coroner Carol Ray has resigned, Ray told 99.9 the Big Dawg that May 31st was her last day on the job. As for the reason for leaving her job as coroner, she said "now is the time and the time is right".
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2020) – During the first week of June, KSP is sending a plea to parents and caregivers with ‘Keeping Kids Cool’, a statewide initiative to provide awareness about leaving children in hot cars. It may seem like common sense, but statistics show that these deaths are continuing to happen across the U.S.
According to the National Safety Council, 52 children died in 2019 of vehicular heatstroke and Kentucky accounted for two of those. One child in Texas has already died this year from being left in a hot car. Since 1998, there have been 850 child-related vehicular heatstroke deaths in the United States. These include instances where a child has been forgotten in a car, accidentally locks themselves in a vehicle or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car.
KSP spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson says the most common reason children are left in a hot car is the parent or caregiver forget they are there. A majority of parents are misinformed and like to believe they could never ‘forget’ about their child.
“As both a trooper and a father, I can’t emphasize enough the danger involved with hyperthermia,” says Lawson. “None of us want to believe that we would get so distracted with our day or other activities that we would exit our vehicle without our child. But it happens and it happens too often.”
Lawson continues to say that it can be a matter of minutes before a child is in distress from being left in a hot car.
“Temperatures inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes,” adds Lawson. “When you combine that with a warm weather day and the facts that a child’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than adult, you have a recipe for disaster.”
In 2000, Kentucky passed “Bryan’s Law,” which makes a person liable for 2nd-degree manslaughter or 1s-degree wanton endangerment for leaving a child younger than 8 years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances pose a grave risk of death. The law was named after 11-month-old Bryan Puckett, who died July 13, 1999 after being left in a hot car by his babysitter.
Lawson offers the following safety tips:
KSP asks citizens to keep an eye out for children left in vehicles on hot days and to call 911 if they see an unaccompanied child in distress.