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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-07

Kentucky State Police Investigates Fatal Collision on Lebanon Bypass in Marion County

LEBANON, Ky.  (July 31, 2023) – On July 31, 2023 at approximately 12:48 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision at the intersection on KY 2154 (Lebanon Bypass) and KY 429 (Saint Rose Road) in Marion County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Johnathan Maldonado, age 41 of Indiana, was traveling south on Saint Rose Road in a 2012 GMC Terrain when he attempted to cross Lebanon Bypass.  Mr. Maldonado failed to yield the right of way and entered into the path of a 2021 Freightliner traveling west on Lebanon Bypass that was being operated by James Haag, age 58 of Wisconsin.  Mr. Haag was unable to avoid colliding with Mr. Maldonado’s vehicle when it entered the intersection. 

Johnathan Maldonado and a juvenile passenger in his vehicle were transported to the hospital however, they succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased by the Coroner.  Another juvenile passenger in Mr. Maldonado’s vehicle was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.  James Haag was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Lebanon Police Department, Marion County Fire and EMS, Lebanon Fire, Marion County Rescue Squad, and Marion County Coroner.  The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan.

Burglary at Campbellsville Taco Bell, Safe With Cash Was Stolen.

A burglary last week at Taco Bell on East Broadway in Campbellsville is being investigated by Campbellsville Police, Big Dawg News has learned that two people entered the store and removed the safe, an undetermined amount of money was stolen, the investigation continues by Campbellsville Police.  

Kentucky State Police Investigates ATV Injury Collision on KY 744 in Taylor County

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.  (July 24, 2023) – On July 24, 2023 at approximately 4:45 P.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a single-vehicle injury collision involving an ATV on KY 744 (Newton Lane) in Taylor County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that James Hare, age 81 of Campbellsville, was traveling west on KY 744 on a Polaris ATV when he dropped off the westbound shoulder of the roadway.  Mr. Hare overcorrected the ATV, entering back onto the roadway, and overturned the ATV in the roadway.   

Mr. Hare was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital and later to the University of Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries.  A juvenile passenger on Mr. Hare’s ATV was flown from the scene by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries.

James Hare was charged with DUI 1st offense, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and other traffic offenses.  Mr. Hare was cited to appear in Taylor County District Court for these charges.

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

Two Vehicle Collision on Monday Injured One Person

The Taylor County Sheriffs Department investigated a two vehicle accident at the intersection of the North By-Pass and Old Hodgenville Road, sheriff Dickie Benningfield told 99.9 Big Dawg News that automobiles driven by Connie Perry of Campbellsville and Laura Rodgers age 42 of Campbellsville collided at the intersection, Rodgers was not injured, Perry was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital. The mishap occurred at 11:30 Monday morning and was investigated by deputy Josh Patrick. 

One Person Injured in a Single Vehicle Accident

A Taylor County teen was injured Wednesday afternoon in a two vehicle accident on Fairview Road, sheriff Dickie Benningfield told 99.9 The Big Dawg News that Noah Patterson age 16 of Campbellsville lost control of his automobile and overturned, Patterson was airlifted to a Louisville hospital, the accident occurred at 1:52pm, Sgt. Mark Dicken investigated.

Kentucky State Police Investigation of Fatal Collision in Taylor County Results in Guilty Plea

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (July 10, 2023) - On May 08, 2023, Donald Slusher, age 50, of Knox County, entered a guilty plea stemming from a Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 investigation of a fatal collision.  The collision occurred in Taylor County on March 25, 2021 and was investigated by Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan. Mr. Slusher was operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of drugs, above the posted speed limit, when his tractor and trailer overturned. His vehicle then crossed the centerline of KY 210 approximately 9 miles west of Campbellsville. Slusher’s vehicle struck four other vehicles head-on, taking the life of Michael Brandon Heath.

The case was presented to the Taylor County Grand Jury in March 2022 and they subsequently returned an indictment on Mr. Slusher. On July 7, 2023, Mr. Slusher was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Taylor County Circuit Court. His charges were Manslaughter 2nd degree, Assault 2nd degree (2 counts), Operating a Commercial Vehicle while under the Influence, and other traffic offenses.     

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