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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-12

Medicare Scammers Continue to Try and Steal


Seniors need to be reminded Medicare scammers are as determined as ever to steal money and personal information. Watch out for these common scams.

Fraudulent marketing. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there are limits on how companies and agents selling Medicare plans can contact you and what they can say. Examples follow:

- You should never get a phone call from a company you don't have a relationship with.

- A company must not represent itself as Medicare, Social Security, or Medicaid.

- An agent can't come to your home to discuss Medicare Advantage plans without an invitation.

- They can't mislead you about coverage for prescriptions or services. Always review your Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to be sure your coverage matches what was promised.

- They can't promise that you can keep your Medigap plan (supplemental plan) when you sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan.

Unsolicited calls. If you receive an unexpected call from someone someone who claims to be from Medicare, hang up immediately and never share any information with them, according to Forbes. Tech-savvy scammers can even spoof phone numbers to appear as if they're calling from a Medicare office. According to CMS, Medicare will never call a consumer.

Uninvited visitors. A legitimate insurance broker will not come to your home without an appointment, call you without permission, or try to collect money from you on the spot or over the phone, according to the Mississippi Department of Insurance.

Medicare card replacement scams. Callers who claim to be from Medicare, the Social Security Administration, or your state's insurance commission may inform you that you need a new Medicare card for security purposes or ask for your Medicare ID number to "activate" your card. Hang up immediately and do not give them any information.

Kentucky State Police Search Warrant Leads to Drug Trafficking Arrest

LEBANON, Ky. (December 30, 2023) – On the afternoon of December 28, 2023, Kentucky State Police Troopers executed a search warrant at a residence on Three Pines Road near the Bradfordsville community of Marion County.

During the investigation of a fatal accident, Troopers gathered information leading to them obtaining a search warrant for a residence located on Three Pines Road in Marion County.  KSP Troopers and Officers from the Campbellsville Probation and Parole Office executed the search warrant on the residence.  Timothy Bright, age 47 of Bradfordsville, resided at the residence.  The search of the residence produced approximately 3 ½ ounces of suspected Cocaine, a large amount of marijuana, and prescription medication pills.  Also located during the search was a large sum of cash, multiple firearms, and drug paraphernalia. 

Timothy Bright was arrested and lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.  Mr. Bright was charged with the following:

  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, Cocaine
  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, Opiates
  • Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, Drug Unspecified
  • Trafficking in Marijuana
  • Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The investigation is ongoing by Trooper A.J. Mattingly and Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan.  They were assisted at the scene by other KSP Troopers and the Office of Probation and Parole.  Additional charges are expected to be forthcoming.

Accident Claims Life of Marion County Woman

On December 28, 2023 at approximately 9:39 A.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a single-vehicle injury collision on Sportsman Lake Road in the Calvary community of Marion County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Emily Shuck, age 18 of Gravel Switch, was traveling west on Sportsman Lake Road in a 2005 Mazda 6 when she lost control of her vehicle and exited the right side of the roadway.  Upon leaving the roadway, Ms. Shuck collided with several trees near the edge of the road.

Ms. Shuck was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner.  Two juvenile passengers were transported to Springview Hospital, one with serious injuries. 

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

Adair County Man Faces Multiple Charges After Stealing State Highway Truck

On Monday night, December 25, 2023, officers responded to Adair Regional Jail shortly after 9:30pmCT, after report of a suspicious male and vehicle parked in front of the facility on Greensburg Street.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the subject and determined that he was under the influence and detained him. The vehicle in question was a state Highway Department truck which had visible damage on the body.

The Highway Department was notified and it was soon found male had stolen the truck from their office on Campbellsville Street, driving through a locked gate in the process and causing damage to property and vehicle.

Joseph Shafer, 48, of Columbia, has been charged with public intoxication, criminal trespassing 3rd degree, criminal mischief 1st degree and theft by unlawful taking automobile.

Officer Elliot Smith was the arresting officer. He was assisted Sgt Justin Cross and Deputies Jason Camfield and Derek Padget.

Two Vehicle Head-On Collison investigated Taylor County Sheriffs Department

The Taylor County Sheriff Department investigated a head on collision Sunday night on highway 70 in the Elkhorn community, sheriff Dickie Benningfield told 99.9 The Big Dawg news that a vehicle driven by Gregory Love age 26 of Knifley crossed the center line and collided head on with an auto driven by Christopher Williams age 19 of Campbellsville.

Love was air lifted to University of Louisville Hospital,  Williams and a passenger Alaina Brockman age 21 of Columbia were taken to Taylor Regional Hospital. 

The accident occurred last night at 9:07pm and was investigated by deputies Brent Burkhead and Robbie VanCleave with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department.

Taylor County Fire Alarm Sounds on Christmas Eve

Taylor County Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Christmas eve at 4:30am to  208 Bradfordsville Rd.
 
Upon arrival firefighters found a two story structure fully involved. Firefighters were on the scene for 2-1/2 hours extinguishing the fire, the home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
 
No injuries reported.

Taylor County Man Indicted on Rape Charges

A Campbellsville man has been indicted on sexual misconduct charges Jeremy Mattingly was indicted charges of rape, sexual abuse, unlawful transaction with a minor, victim under 12.

 
The Taylor County Grand Jury also indicted Harley Cox of Campbellsville on charges of burglary, strangulation, assault, theft, public intoxication and wanton endangerment. 
 
Aden R. Unruh of  Barren County is charged with burglary, theft, fleeing police and numerous traffic charges.
 
Haley Golden of Campbellsville was indicted on charges of wanton endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.

Skeletal Remains Found in Taylor County Has been Identified

The human remains found in the area of Straywinds-Smith Ridge near Green River Lake in March of this year has been identified as that of Dennis Davis of Casey County, KY.

On March 28, 2023 the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and Taylor County Coroner's Office were dispatched to a wooded area near Green River Lake off of Smith Ridge Road, where a property owner had located human remains.

Investigators located the completely skeletonized body of an individual in the woods.

The remains were transported to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville for testing & DNA.

Over the past several months we have been awaiting results from DNA confirmation. On Thursday, December 14, 2023 the Coroner confirmed that the remains were those of Dennis Davis of Casey County, KY.

Dobson Named Officer of The Year by Campbellsville Police Chief

Officer Stephen Dobson became a member of the Campbellsville Police Department just eight (8) short months ago in April of 2023.  Officer Dobson is the recipient of the 2023 Officer of the Year Award.  During Officer Dobson’s short time with the Campbellsville Police Department, his can-do attitude, knowledge of the job and willingness to excel has set the standard for Officers to follow within the Department.  His lead by example attitude and attention to detail, not only in his personal appearance, but also his work ethic sets the standards for others to follow.  Officer Dobson’s aggressiveness has led to over 377 arrests, all while maintaining this winning attitude.  Officer Dobson is always there to lend a hand or offer assistance as needed, whether on duty or off, while maintaining that delicate balance between his professional career and his family life, yet another example for others to follow.  During only 8 months of service, Officer Dobson opened over 34 cases, investigated over 21 traffic collisions and wrote over 985 citations.  The professionalism displayed by Officer Dobson brings great credit upon himself, the Campbellsville Police Department and the City of Campbellsville.

Kentucky State Police Charges Marion Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joseph Adam Mattingly, 36, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

Mr. Mattingly was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

The investigation resulted in an interview in Lebanon on December 12, 2023. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Mr. Mattingly is currently charged with ten counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance under 12 years old. These charges are Class-C felonies punishable by five to ten years in prison. Mr. Mattingly was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six 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. 

Boil Water Advisory Has Been Lifted

The boil water that was issued by the Campbellsville  Water Company for the area of North Columbia from Meador street to Coakley Street and all of Coakley Street has been lifted.

Taylor County Woman Killed in Head-on Collision by Drunk Driver

An elderly Taylor County woman was killed in a two vehicle head on collision on Lebanon Ave at  Lakeview Drive in Campbellsville on Thursday accident caused by a drunk driver. 99.9 The Big Dawg news has learned that Juliet Kirtley 87 of Campbellsville was riding passenger in a vehicle operated by Michael Smith age 62 of Campbellsville. The Smith was struck head on by auto driven by Billie Jo Roberts age 46 of Michigan, Kirtley died as a result of the collision, Smith was airlifted to University of Louisville in critical condition.

A third auto was involved in the mishap, Shelby Druin age 68 of Campbellsville collided with auto wreckage but was not injured.

Roberts was arrested by KSP and charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence, DUI, assault 2nd, reckless driving and other offenses. There were other injuries reported in the accident that was investigated by Kentucky State Police.

Big Dawg & Hometown Connect Raises over $40,000 in Radiothon

The Big Dawg/Hometown Connect Radiothon raised over $40,000 on Tuesday during the first annual Hometown Connect radiothon, Big Dawg listeners tuned in and donated to this worthy cause. Hometown Connect serves the needy people of our community and operates a soup kitchen on Tuesday and Thursdays in Campbellsville.

Anyone who made a pledge to Hometown Connect can drop off all donations at Hometown Pharmacy on Broadway and Lebanon Ave in Campbellsville.

Taylor County Man Charged in Battery Theft at Walmart

Campbellsville Police is investigating an incident at the Campbellsville Walmart, Police Chief Shannon told 99.9 The Big Dawg News that during the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 28, 2023 two individuals with a U-Haul truck cut open a cage at the rear of the Walmart store and stole 72 used batteries. 

Greensburg Police located the U Haul associated with the theft. 

 

36-year old Vernon L. Richardson of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with, Burglary 3rd degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.

 

Greensburg & Campbellsville Police made the arrest.

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