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On Saturday, December 8, 2018 at approximately 11:37pmCT, KSP Trooper Clint Bale was on routine patrol 8 miles north of Columbia on Ky 55N when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Dodge Dakota for a traffic violation. The Columbia Police Department’s canine unit arrived and alerted on the passenger side of the vehicle. Trooper Bale searched the side of the vehicle where 26 year old Tara Corbin of Columbia, KY was seated and located several small plastic bags, with one containing a white powdered substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

 

Trooper Bale arrested and charged Corbin with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1stdegree 1st offense (drug unspecified) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Corbin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. A short time after Trooper Bale left the jail, he was notified by jail staff that a glass smoke pipe had been located on Corbin. Corbin received an additional charge of Promoting Contraband 1st degree. Trooper Bale was assisted on the scene by the Columbia Police Department.

 

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On Monday, December 1, 2018, KSP Post 15 received a complaint of an adult male having sexual relations with a 14-year-old juvenile in Columbia. Troopers Marvin Blakey and Billy Begley spoke with the victim and she stated that she had been talking to a man on Snapchat. He showed up at her residence, she met him outside, they had sexual intercourse and he left. The female stated that the perpetrator was coming back to meet with her on December 8th, 2018. The snapchat messages confirmed that the male subject knew he was meeting with a juvenile and they awaited the subjects arrival. Kentucky State Police and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office located and detained 39-year-old Samuel Hicks of Marysville, TN operating a 1999 Toyota Avalon. Hicks was advised of his Miranda rights by Trooper Begley and he confessed to having sexual relations with the juvenile.
 
Hicks was arrested and charged with Sodomy 3rd degree, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st degree, Illegal Sex Act with someone under 16 years of age, and Prohibited Use of an Electronic Communication System to Procure a Minor (sexual offenses). Hicks was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. This case remains under investigation by Trooper Billy Begley who was assisted on the scene by Troopers Marvin Blakey & Clint Bale along with Adair Co. Sheriff's Deputy Joey Keith. 
 

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On Monday, December 10, 2018 at approximately 6:00amCT, Adair County Deputy Joey Keith responded to a single vehicle injury accident 7 miles west of Columbia on Edmonton Road. 56-year-old Mark Rheinschmidt of Michigan was traveling eastbound on Edmonton Road when for unknown reasons went off the right side of the road and struck a tree head-on. Rheinschmidt was treated on the scene by Adair EMS and transported to TJ Heath Columbia where he was taken by Air Evac to the University of Louisville hospital.
 
Deputy Keith was assisted on the scene by Deputy Durbin and Adair County EMS.
 

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On Monday, December 10, 2018 Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin was dispatched to a 2-vehicle injury accident 8 miles east of Columbia on Russell Springs Road. The accident occurred when 82-year-old Joe Conover of Columbia, KY was westbound in a 1996 Dodge Dakota when he attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway and pulled into the path of a 2005 Chrysler being operated by 52-year old Robert McCann of Columbia, KY. A passenger, Patricia McCann of Columbia, KY was taken by Adair County EMS to TJ Heath Columbia for treatment of her injuries.
 
Deputy Durbin is the investigating officer and was assisted on the scene by Adair County EMS.
 

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The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 6:00pmCT in the Adair Annex Basement.
 
AGENDA
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                 
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES      
  •  November 13 2018 Special-Regular
  •  November 28, 2018 Special    
3. DISBURSEMENTS
 
4. REPORTS  
  • SHERIFF'S REPORT
  • ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
  • G.R.A.S. REPORT 
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS
  • JAIL REPORT
 
5. TREASURER
  • TREASURER'S REPORT
  • APPROVAL TO ADD LINE IN BUDGET FOR SHERIFF CONTRIBUTION
 
6. BUDGET AMENDMENTS 
 
7. TRANSFERS
  • LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
  • FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
 
8.    COURT ORDERS
9.    READING OF ROADS
 
10. ACTION  ITEMS:
  • Approval of County Clerk 2019 Budget
  • Approval of County Sheriff 2019 Budget
  • Rescind Motion on Federal Grant for Co. Attorney
  • Appointment of 2 Extension Board Members
                                                                                                                     
11.  OTHER BUSINESS
12.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.  ADJOURN
 
This meeting is open to the public.
 

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CLINTON COUNTY - According to officials, a man is being held in the Clinton County Jail after being accused of attacking his three-year-old niece and slitting her throat.

 

The local sheriff told reporters in Lexington that the little girl is in critical condition at a hospital.

 

According to authorities, Emanuel Fluter slit his niece's throat on Saturday at a home on Beatty Creek Road in Albany.

 

According to Fluter’s arrest citation, the victim’s father heard the child screaming over a baby monitor.

 

Neighbors told reporters they were shocked.

 

"They're such a beautiful family the kids, mom, and the dad, they are very friendly the kids are out in the yard playing a lot. It was just extremely heartbreaking. I just can't imagine someone being able to do that."

 

Fluter was charged with first degree assault and first degree wanton endangerment. Officials say more charges are possible.

 

The jail told Lexington reporters that no mugshot is available because Fluter has been acting too violent to have his picture taken.

 

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A Russell County man was arrested on Friday for animal torture, assault & wanton endangerment.
 
Brently Ray Vaught, 35, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested after he reportedly beat a cat to death with a baseball bat, and then held a loaded rifle to the heads of a woman and 4 year old son.
 
Vaught was charged with Animal Torture, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree and Assault 4th degree (domestic violence). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Russell Springs Police Officer Nathan Antle.
 

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Campbellsville, KY, man pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Greg N. Stivers today (Friday, Dec. 7, 2018) to five counts of wire fraud as part of a scheme to obtain money from clients of his legal practice, by means of misappropriating funds, in order to pay personal expenses including gambling losses, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
 
Danny Butler, 72, was indicted on November 15, 2017. According to the indictment, Butler was an attorney licensed with the Kentucky Bar Association who was authorized to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He operated a legal practice in Greensburg, located in Green County, Kentucky, and provided clients with a broad range of legal services including probate, general civil, and government benefits.
 
According to the plea agreement before the Court, from August 2009 through October 2016, Butler obtained money by false pretenses from the clients of his legal practice by not performing work for his clients and by stealing funds belonging to estates of his clients. 
 
Butler misappropriated funds from the following clients:
 
· Approximately $148,106 from the estate of L.A.;
· Approximately $29,987.07 from the estate of L.P.;
· Approximately $401,500 from the representation of B.M.;
· Approximately $50,000 from the representation of D.M.;
· Approximately $50,000 from the estate of D.B.;
· Approximately $90,000 from the representation of J.R.B.;
· Approximately $90,000 from the estate of E.U.;
· Approximately $25,000 from the estate of E.M.;
· Approximately $59,000 from the representation of J.W.S.;
· Approximately $25,000 for the representation of E.S.; and
· Approximately $125,000 from the estate of L.P.M.  
 
Butler could be sentenced to a maximum 100 years in prison, fined $1,250,000, and be required to serve a three year period of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for March 4, 2019. 
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Calhoun, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Kentucky State Police. 
 

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A Boil Water Advisory is in effect until further notice in Russell County, KY in the area of Milton Heights and Park View Estates due to water line repairs.  

 

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Congratulations to firefighers Kurt Klingberg and Tyler Solum. Klingberg and Solum were recently recognized as "Firefighters of the Year" on behalf of the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department.  

 

 

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Kentuckians shopping online this Christmas season should be on the lookout for scam emails, Attorney General Andy Beshear warned recently.
 
With Christmas shopping in full swing, and the National Retail Federation predicting spending to increase by more than 4 percent this season, Kentuckians say they are receiving what appear to be legitimate emails from popular retailers that are actually scams. The scam email is often personalized and includes a logo of a retailer such as PayPal, Apple or Amazon, and instructs the receiver to resolve an issue with their online account or order by reentering their bank, credit card or Social Security numbers.
 
Beshear said it is sad that con artists take advantage of the Christmas season to trick folks into handing over their personal and financial information. “I want Kentuckians to enjoy the Christmas season and not end up checking off a con artist’s Christmas wish list,” said Beshear. “Kentuckians should always take the time to scrutinize every email and financial transaction closely, especially throughout the Christmas shopping season.”
 
Beshear said Kentuckians should also be wary of emails, apps and social media posts that offer too good to be true deals, discounts and sales, as those offers could be a ploy to collect information. To spot a scam email, website or app Kentuckians should:
 
  • Watch for misspelled words. 
  • Avoid clicking on email hyperlinks. Always independently type in the actual retailer website and sign in.
  • Pay attention to the sender’s email address. Scam emails are often from an email address that looks very similar to an official company account, but may have a couple of letters or words that are different. 
 
Beshear asked Kentuckians to report these types of email scams to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257 and complete an online report. 
 
To receive text message alerts, text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468-311) or enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select either text message or email alerts.
 

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BOWLING GREEN, KY – United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced Waylon J. Horton, a former employee of a container manufacturing plant located in Hart County, KY to 60 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release for tampering with consumer products, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. 
 
“Mr. Horton did real harm, placing both families and a major local employer at risk,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman, “And for that, federal prison time is just punishment.”
 
In 2016, Horton, now age 44, worked on printers on production lines for Styrofoam drinking cups at the container manufacturing plant in Horse Cave, KY. On two separate dates in July 2016 Horton, with reckless disregard for the risk of death or bodily injury it might cause, placed pieces of broken glass into Styrofoam drinking cups that were then shipped to fast food restaurants. Glass pieces were subsequently found in cups at three different restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. After receiving complaints, the container manufacturing plant put the distribution of Styrofoam cups that were produced in its facility on hold and seven additional boxes containing Styrofoam cups with broken glass were ultimately found. 
 
Horton pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products on July 13, 2018. 
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda Gregory and Marisa Ford, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hart County Sheriff’s Office.    
 
 

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A note found at Campbellsville High School caused a lock-down situation Thursday.
 
Both the Campbellsville High School and Middle School campuses were locked down at approx. 1:30pmET while Resource Officer Charlie Houk & local law enforcement officials investigated. All students were safe during the lock-down & extra law enforcement were on the scene to aid in the investigation. 
 
The lock-down was lifted at 2:20pmET. School was dismissed at 3pmET with increased law enforcement presence.
 

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Hunter Hedgespeth, the 3-year-old son of David & Sarah Hedgespeth of Columbia, KY passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5th at Norton Hospital in Louisville, KY from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Taylor Co. last Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The accident was a chain reaction type accident that involved 4 vehicles and occurred on Hwy 55 (New Columbia Road) in Campbellsville, KY. The same accident claimed the life of 31-year-old Steven Kyle Taylor of Burkesville, KY, who was a passenger in a taxi at the time of the crash.
 
According to the Campbellsville Police Dept., the accident occurred at 3:27pmET when a 2017 GMC Yukon, operated by 50-year-old Kathy Begley of Campbellsville, KY was stopped on KY 55 waiting to make a left hand turn into Swan's Landing. A 2003 Dodge dually pickup, operated by 29-year-old John Yoder of Columbia, KY was pulling a gooseneck trailer loaded with logs and failed to see several vehicles stopped in front of him waiting for Begley to turn. Yoder struck a 2007 Chevrolet Impala in the rear operated by 48-year-old David Coop of Albany, KY which caused a chain reaction collision. The Coop vehicle (which was a taxi owned by Smith's Taxi LLC of Albany) then struck a 2003 Honda Element operated by 30-year-old Sarah Hedgespeth of Greensburg, causing the Hedgespeth vehicle to strike Begley's vehicle which was stopped waiting to turn. Coop's vehicle (a taxi) had several passengers, 55-year-old Rosa Muse, 61-year-old Earl Muse, and 31-year-old Steven Taylor all of Burkesville, KY.  
 
All parties involved in the collision (except Yoder) were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. Steven Taylor of Burkesville was pronounced dead at Taylor Regional Hospital.
 
Funeral arrangements for 3-year-old Hunter Hedgespeth are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster Toler Curry Funeral Home in Greensburg.
 

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  • Jesse M. Delay, 40 of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for Careless Driving, DUI, No Registration Plates, & No Insurance.
  • Lester Turner JR., 51 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI-2nd Offense, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, No Insurance-2nd Offense, & Possessing License when Privileges are Revoked.
  • Sarah M. Stevens, 36 of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Controlled Substance (drug unspecified), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.

 

  • Yul F. Davis, age 35, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin/Methamphetamine), & 3 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin/Methamphetamine).
  • Christina R. Cloud, age 33, arrested by Danville Police for Careless Driving, Improper Turning, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree (drug unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Possession of/Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree (Heroin).

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.

 

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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THE RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT WILL HAVE A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ROAD COMMITTEE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018 AT 5:30 P.M.
 
AGENDA
AS REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE RUSSELL COUNTY ROAD COMMITTEE WILL HAVE THEIR QUARTERLY MEETING TO DISCUSS ROAD REPAIRS AND SAFETY AND OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF THE ROAD DEPARTMENT.
ADJOURN

 
RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT WILL MEET ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018 AT 6:00 P.M. 
 
AGENDA 
  1. WELCOME, PLEDGE & OPENING PRAYER 
  2. MINUTES 
  3. PAY BILLS 
  4. DETENTION CENTER REPORT 
  5. TREASURER’S MONTHLY SETTLEMENT REPORT 
  6. AE TRANSFERS & APPROVAL OF END OF QUARTER AE TRANSFERS AS NEEDED 
  7. 1st READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 18-07 
  8. TRANSFER $55,695.00 FROM GENERAL TO GRANTS FOR VICTIM’S ADVOCACY GRANT 
  9. 2nd READING BUDGET AMENDMENT 18-06 
  10. 2019 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 
  11. RC SHERIFF –2019 BUDGET, SALARY SCHEDULE & STATE ADVANCEMENT 
  12. RC CLERK –2019 BUDGET & SALARY SCHEDULE 
  13. TOURISM BOARD APPOINTMENTS 
  14. EXTENSION BOARD APPOINTMENTS 
  15. AIRPORT BOARD APPOINTMENTS 
  16. HOSPITAL BOARD APPOINTMENT 
  17. OTHER BUSINESS 
  18. ADJOURN 

 

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On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 an arrest was made by Columbia Police Officer Jordan Dean. Arrested was 30-year-old Charlene Hulsey of Fordville, KY. Hulsey was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition under $500 (shoplifting), Theft by Deception (including cold checks - less than $500), Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Expired Operators License, and Only 1 Headlight. 
 
Hulsey was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Officer Jordan Dean who was assisted by Officer Drew Conn.
 

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