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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-01

Man Goes To Jail After Stand-Off in Taylor County With KSP

Big Dawg News has learned that Devin Roen age 32 of Campbellsville was arrested Saturday at a residence on New Columbia Road after a standoff with KSP post 15 Columbia, Roen was tased by troopers was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and lodged in the Taylor County Jail. 

Man Tased After Standing in the Road With a Knife in Taylor County

A Taylor County man was arrested after being tased Wednesday morning on Highway 70 at Acton, sheriff Dickie Benningfield told 99.9 The Big Dawg News that his department was dispatched to the Acton community in reference to a suspicious person standing in the middle of the highway, upon arrival deputies made contact with Adam Powell age 37 of Campbellsville, Benningfield said Powell was armed with a knife refusing to drop it, Powell was tased and taken into custody and during the investigation it was learned that Powell had set fire to a garage at the intersection of Highway 70 and Stoner Creek Road.


Powell is charged with Arson, disordery conduct, menacing and resisting arrest and lodged in the TC Detention Center, the arrest by Corporal Stephen Dobson with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department.

A Second Person Has Died After Sign Fell on Car in Elizabethtown

A second person has died days after a sign fell onto a car in the parking lot of Denny's in Elizabethtown last week.

A family member told WDRB TV in Louisville that Lloyd Curtis passed away early Monday morning. He was 77 years old.

His death comes days after his wife, 72-year-old Lillian Curtis, passed away from injuries suffered in the same incident.


The accident took place on Thursday, Jan. 19, at about 1:30 p.m. at the Denny's on Mulberry Street, just east of Interstate 65 in Elizabethtown. The sign fell from a poll onto the car with three people inside.

High winds were in effect at the time of the accident.


Grissom Martin Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Adair County Woman Dies After High Winds Blew Restaurant Sign on her Vehicle

An Adair County woman is dead and two others injured after a Denny’s restaurant sign crushed a car Thursday afternoon in Elizabethtown. The sign toppled from the high-mast post located along US 62 just off the I-65 interchange at Exit 94. All of the vehicle’s occupants had to be cut out by emergency responders.


The deceased passenger is identified as 72-year-old Lillian Curtis. She passed away due to head trauma after being transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. Her husband, Lloyd Curtis (who was also a passenger) and their daughter, Mary Graham (who was driving the late model Dodge Dart), were taken to Baptist Health Hardin with less severe injuries.

The family was returning to Columbia from Louisville after Mr. Curtis’s treatment for complications of recent heart surgery. The car was traveling through the parking lot between Denny’s and White Castle as the sign fell. Winds were gusting to near 50mph at the time. While the long-standing sign has endured higher gusts, meteorologists note the whipping characteristic of winds Thursday was extreme.


Police and city officials are investigating the incident and are reviewing sign permit details.


Adair County Woman Perished in House Fire

Adair County 911 received a call of a structure fire at 111 Sulpher Creek Rd 8 miles north of Columbia on Thursday.

Columbia Adair County Fire Department was notified and upon arrival the rear of the house was fully engulfed in flames, firefighters made entry into the home and made a stop on the fire to keep it from spreading through out the home but continued to fight hot spots in the attic and walls for an extended time, it was confirmed that 74 year old Darlene Wick the home owner was unaccounted for and believed to still be in home.

Sheriff Josh Brockman and Adair County Coroner Roger Huckaby was notified to respond to the scene at  6:03 a.m.  the body of Wicks was discovered by the fire department in the back bedroom where she slept, the fire is believed to have started in the back bedroom and investigation shows that 3 space heaters one being kerosene and the other two electric was being used regularly, Wicks was pronounced dead at the scene.  


 Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman and Coroner Roger Huckaby are continuing  the investigation .


   The Columbia Adair County Fire Department was on scene for 4.5 hours along with responses from multiple agency’s including Breeding Fire Department, Adair County EMS , Adair County Emergency Management, Kentucky State Fire Marshall’s Office , Adair County Sheriffs Office , and Adair County Coroner’s Office



Woman Injured After Being Struck By Car While Riding Bicycle On Broadway

On Friday, January 13, 2023 at 9:24 a.m., Campbellsville Police responded to a report of an injury collision at the intersection of East Broadway and Jackson Street. 


Melissa Bagby age 53 of Campbellsville was attempting to cross East Broadway on a bicycle when she pulled into the path of a 2015 Dodge Caravan operated by 65-year old Terry Wayne Martin of Greensburg.


Bagby was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, but Martin was not injured.


Date: Friday, January 13, 2023             Time: 9:24 a.m.


Location: East Broadway and Jackson Street


Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Taylor Co. EMS, Campbellsville Fire and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.


Investigating Officers: Officer Ian McCullough


Accident Investigated By Campbellsville Police

On Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10:52 a.m., Campbellsville Police responded to a report of an injury collision at the intersection of North Central Ave. and Maple Street. 


A 1999 Ford Ranger operated by 85-year old Carlton Davis of Campbellsville was traveling eastbound on Maple Street attempting to cross North Central Avenue.  Davis pulled into the path of a 2019 Subaru Forester operated by 66-year old Mark Stevenson also of Campbellsville.  Davis’ vehicle overturned as the result of the collision and Davis had to be extricated by the Campbellsville Fire Department.


Davis was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, but Stevenson was not injured.


Date: Friday, January 13, 2023             Time: 10:53 a.m.


Location: North Central Avenue and Maple Street


Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville Taylor Co. EMS, and Campbellsville Fire.


Investigating Officers: Officer Ian McCullough


Kentucky State Police Charges Adair County Man with Solicitation of Murder

COLUMBIA, Ky. (January 5, 2023) – On January 3, 2023, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 was contacted by the Adair County Detention Center in regards to a suspicious letter that an inmate being lodged at the detention center had attempted to send out in the mail.

KSP Troopers launched an investigation after receiving the letter that the detention center staff had intercepted.  Troopers learned that Paul Bricker, age 37 of Columbia, had attempted to send a letter in the mail, while incarcerated, soliciting the murder of another individual.  As a result of the investigation, Mr. Bricker was arrested and charged with Solicitation of Murder.  Mr. Bricker remained lodged in the Adair County Detention Center. 

Trooper Dean Lunz continues his investigation.

Taylor Regional Hire's Interim CEO

The Taylor Regional Hospital Board of Trustees announced today that Shane Fitzgerald has been named as interim CEO and will assume the role on Thursday, January 5th .


Fitzgerald currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.


He has an extensive background in hospital operations and has served in multiple roles at the executive level, including VP of Mission, and VP of Operations. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics/Public Policy and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast along with a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity in Theology from The Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.


“The TRH Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the addition of Shane Fitzgerald as interim CEO. Mr. Fitzgerald will continue the commitment of high-quality health care that our community has long been accustomed. He has experience in all facets of health care administration and is anxious to assist the TRH Board during the search for a new full time CEO,” said Dr. Ben Cox, board chair. ABOUT TAYLOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL Taylor Regional Hospital has a rich history dating back to 1968 when Rosary Hospital, run by the Dominican Order of St. Catherine, was sold to the Taylor County Hospital District. In 1972, construction began on Taylor County Hospital.

Over the years, several additions and renovations resulted in significant growth and on July 11, 2003, Taylor County Hospital became Taylor Regional Hospital. Today, Taylor Regional Hospital is proud to be the area's leading choice for compassionate and quality healthcare. Our vision, to be the preferred health care provider dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our region is supported by our mission to provide outstanding health care to the people we serve

One Person Died Monday Night in Two Vehicle Crash Near Russell Springs

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky.  (January 4, 2023) – On January 2, 2023 at approximately 5:47 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on US 127 in Russell County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Alex Fabian Lopez Entzin, age 23 of Russell Springs, was traveling south on US 127 in a 2013 Ford Escape when he met a 2022 GMC Terrain traveling north on US 127.  The two vehicles collided in a head-on manner on US 127.  The GMC Terrain was being operated by Wanda Wethington, age 75 of Russell Springs.  

Mrs. Wethington was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Russell County Coroner.  Mr. Entzin was transported to University of Kentucky Hospital with life threatening injuries. 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Russell County Sheriff's Office, Russell County Fire and EMS, Russell County Rescue Squad, and Russell County Coroner.  The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.


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