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SOMERSET, Ky. (July 19, 2019) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 office advises motorists that beginning Monday, July 22, KY 100 in Cumberland County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform rock removal. 
 
The lane closure will begin at the Cumberland/Monroe County line (mile point 0) and extend to mile point 1 (Mud Camp Creek). Work will be performed Monday – Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, each day.
 
Traffic will be controlled by flaggers. Drivers should expect long delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination. 
 
The lane closure is expected to last four weeks. Duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.  

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The City of Columbia has received a $3500.00 grant from Walmart Foundation to be utilized for their parks and recreation program.
 
According to Walmart’s program, they seek to create value in their communities in which the stores are located; and, participate with local grants supporting programs to help communities thrive.
 
Walmart’s more than two million associates worldwide are residents, neighbors, friends, and family to thousands of communities.
 
The grant was done in a presentation with Walmart associates at the local store on Burkesville Road. Attending were Mayor Pamela Hoots, as well as Craig Lasley and Terry Johnson from the parks and recreation department.
 
“We appreciate the support of Walmart,” said Mayor Hoots. “Their commitment to our community is outstanding.”
 
The Walmart associates have also been working on a location next to city hall, which will be used for local residents in visiting the town.
 

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  • Phillip Franklin, 46, Columbia - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP and charged with No Registration Plates; No Registration Recipt; Failure to Maintain Insurance, 2nd offense; Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle; Careless Driving; Disregarding a Stop Sign; and Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st degree
  • Kai Hadley, 23, Burkesville - arrested Thursday night by BPD for Reckless Driving; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2st degree (Meth); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of Marijuana

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
  • Jeffery Allen Emore, 44, Jamestown - arrested Saturday night by KSP for Criminal Mischief, 3rd degree; Criminal Trespassing, 3rd degree; Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot); Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Failure to Maintain Required Insurance; No Registration Receipt; and No Registration Plates
  • Terry Ashley, 48, Nicholasville, KY -  arrested early this morning (Sunday) for Operating a Boat/Watercraft While Intoxicated or Under the Influence; Motorboats to be Registered & Numbered; and Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree

 

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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An Adair County man was arrested on Felony drug charges following a traffic stop.


At approximately 1:00amCT this morning, 26 year old Majid Alshaheen of Columbia, KY was arrested after Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop on Callahan Loop in the Knifley community.  K-9 Nitro alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics in the vehicle, and the subsequent search of the auto revealed Methamphetamine.   
 
Alshaheen was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) 
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Operating on a Suspended license 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

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The Adair Annex will be open as a temporary cooling location from 8:00amCT until sunset through the end of the Excessive Heat Warning on Sunday, July 25, 2019. If you plan to be at the Adair Annex for this purpose, please check in at the Adair Co. Judge Executive’s Office.   
 
 

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The Adair County Sheriffs Office investigated a 2-vehicle accident on Tuesday that resulted in one of the vehicles overturning.
 
Deputy Josh Durbin investigated the accident that occurred on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 4:25pmCT at the KY61 south & Cumberland Parkway intersection. Tommy Ray, age 53 of Tennessee, was operating a 2018 Dodge Ram, attempting to make a left turn from the Cumberland Parkway exit ramp onto KY61. Mr. Ray pulled into the path of a 2004 Dodge Caravan, operated by 60-year-old Pat Morris of Columbia, KY who was traveling on KY61 headed towards town. The impact caused the Caravan to overturn, coming to rest approximately 200 feet from the point of impact.    
 
Pat Morris was treated for head injuries by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia for further treatment.  Tommy Ray was not injured.
 
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

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...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT /1 PM CDT/ THIS
AFTERNOON TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ SUNDAY...
 
This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of south central
Indiana and Central Kentucky.
 
.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight.
 
Very hot and humid conditions will push heat index readings over 100
degrees this afternoon. See Excessive Heat Warning for additional
details.
 
Widely scattered storms are possible through this evening. These
storms may produce brief torrential rainfall and locally gusty winds.
 
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday.
 
A strong upper level ridge will persist through much of the weekend.
This will result in a prolonged period of hot and humid conditions
with heat indices ranging from 100 to as high as 110 degrees Friday
through Sunday. The highest heat indices will be near and west of
the I-65 corridor.
 
A cold front will move through the region late Sunday or Monday and
bring a round of storms.
 

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On Saturday morning, July 13, 2019 Columbia Police Department Officers responded to a 2-vehicle accident with injuries on Hudson Street between A1 Auto and Don Franklin Ford.
 
The accident occurred when a 17-year-old operator of a 2008 Mercury Mariner pulled out of A1 and into the path of a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The Caravan was occupied by two adults, William Corbin and Alicia Burton, both of Columbia, KY. There were also a total of 10 juveniles, with ages varying from 2 to 14 in the van. Various parties were treated on scene by Adair EMS before being transferred to T.J. Health Columbia for further treatment. One was later transferred to the UofL Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
Sgt. Gary Roy was the investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police, and the Columbia Fire Department.
 

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The Russell County 15 & under baseball team became the East KY State Champions this past weekend in Lexington, KY and are now off to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for the Ohio Valley Super Regional next week!

 

Some team members & coaches were guests on the WAVE Morning Show this morning to discuss fundraisers and their trip to Wisconsin......

 

 

A couple of fundraisers are being held to help support this group of young men. On Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 10am-2pm, there will be a Taco Lunch at the Community Center on Main Street in Russell Springs. On Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9am-2pm, they will have a Car Wash at the new FiveStar Food Mart near the Cumberland Parkway. Money donated will be used to help pay for the expense of rooms and travel for the team to the Ohio Valley Super Regional in Eau Claire Wisconsin starting July 25th 2019.
 

If you aren't able to participate in the fundraisers but still want to make a donation, here's a link to the team's GoFundMe page:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/2019-russell-co-15u-babe-ruth-state-champions?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=f52fc96767c1495aa7b069e71639bcad

 

 

 

 

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A New Haven, KY man was arrested on felony drug charges over the weekend by the Adair County Sheriff's Office.
 
On Sunday, July 14, 2019 at approx. 3:00pmCT, Deputy Josh Durbin and K-9 "Nitro" was dispatched to Holmes Bend Rd after a suspicious male complaint was called in. The male was located around the campground area and identified as 28-year-old Gary Kinder of New Haven, KY. Following an investigation, Deputy's discovered the suspect was in possession of narcotics. Kinder was placed under arrest and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Public Intoxication (excludes alcohol).
 
The investigation is continuing.  
 

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A Green County man was shot & killed on Tuesday in the Roachville community of Green Co. by his son-in-law. Our sister station (99.9 The Big Dawg) broke the story and Larry Smith has details......

 

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...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING...
 
The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued an
Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect from Thursday afternoon
through Sunday evening.
 
* TEMPERATURE...Heat indices ranging from 100 to as high as 110
  degrees will be possible each afternoon from Thursday into
  Sunday, with the highest heat indices west of I-65.
 
* IMPACTS...Several days of heat indices near or above 105 degrees
  could have a cumulative impact on some individuals, especially
  those who engage in prolonged outdoor work or other activities.
  Also, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of
  minutes. Never leave pets, children, or the elderly unattended
  in parked vehicles. The extended period of high heat and
  humidity can worsen the effects of heat stress.
 
An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot
temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and
high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in
which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay
in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up
on relatives and neighbors.
 

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A 2-vehicle accident on Monday in Columbia sent one driver and 3 juvenile passengers to the hospital. 
 
On Monday, July 15, 2019 the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to the injury accident at the junction of Gaston Ave and Jamestown Street. The preliminary investigation determined that a 2006 Toyota Prius, operated by Brenda K Johnson of Illinois, pulled out onto Jamestown Street from Gaston Ave. When doing so pulled directly into the path of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe operated by Macy Chamness of Columbia. 
 
Johnson & 2 juvenile passengers were transported to T J Health Columbia. One juvenile passenger in the Chamness auto was also transported to T.J. Health Columbia by Adair County EMS.
 
Adair County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Padgett is the investigating Officer. He was assisted on scene by Adair EMS, Adair County Fire Department, Kentucky State Police, and Columbia City Police.
 

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Today (Tuesday, July 16, 2019), the Adair County Sheriff's Office has received several phone calls from Adair County residents stating they've received calls from the Sheriff's Office. The calls consist of people being told they have summons or warrants on them that do not exist. These callers are using names of employees of the Sheriffs Office. Sheriff Josh Brockman tells 92.7 WAVE News that the Adair County Sheriff's Office will not ever call and ask you for personel information over the phone! The office does not except payments for fines over the phone by credit card, nor do they ask for them. The Sheriff's Office also does not call and tell you they have a warrant and are on their way to pick you up if you don’t make a payment.
 
If you receive one of these calls, please do diligence in making sure you are speaking with someone from the Sheriff's Office. The number that is showing up on most of these calls is 270-290-1369. Sheriff Brockman says the scammers are probably using an app to change the number, and they are trying to track down the source of the calls. If you have any information, call 270-384-2776.
 
 
 

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****UPDATE****
 
Hwy. E80 in Columbia, KY has reopened following a semi accident early this morning!
 
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A semi overturned in Adair County at approx. 3amCT in the 3900-4000 Block of Russell Springs Road, Highway East 80 in Adair County. Noone was injured. Expect delays and roadway closures during the cleanup process. 
 
 
 
 

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  • Anthony Smith, 63, Russell Springs - arrested by the RCSO on Monday morning for Public Intoxication in a Public Place, 1st & 2nd offense
  • Randall Allen Walker, 41, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP at 12:30amCT this (Sunday) morning for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License; DUI; Improper Registration Plate; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card
  • Kristopher Eugene Adkins, 26, Russell Springs - arrested around midnight on Saturday night on a Fugitive From Another State Warrant
  • Josh Gerlach, 33, Danville, KY  - arrested Saturday evening by KSP in Russell Co. for Failure to Operator Boat at Idle Speed and Operating a Boat/Watercraft While Intoxicated 
  • Everett McMullen Jr., 51, Williamstown, West Virginia - arrested by RCSO on Sunday evening for Theft by Deception (including cold checks under $500)
  • James Robinson, 52 and Pauline Robinson, 52, both of Russell Springs - were arrested on Sunday evening by the RCSO. James was charged with Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 2nd offense. Pauline was charged with Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container. 

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Steven Brown, 23, Hodgenville - arrested by KY Fish & Wildlife on Sunday for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container
  • Tussie Harper, 28, Columbia - arrested by Ky Fish & Wildlife on Sunday evening for Resisting Arrest; Failure to Appear; and 2 Probation Violations (for misdemeanor offenses)
  • Alfred Gansert, 59, Union City, TN - arrested Sunday night by KSP and charged with Reckless Driving; DUI; Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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On Saturday night, July 13, 2019 Officers with the Columbia Police Department responded to a report of an unresponsive male behind the wheel of a red Chevrolet at the Dollar General Store on South Hwy 55. The subject (20-year-old Austin Coomer of Columbia), was awakened and briefly checked out by Adair EMS. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of digital scales, an undisclosed amount of marijuana, a number of pills, and a large amount of cash. Coomer was charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Trafficking in Marijuana, 1st offense (all misdemeanors), and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Drug Unspecified), a felony.
 
CPD Officer Drew Conn was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Anthony Darnell.
 

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FRANKFORT, KY (Jul. 15, 2019) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local health departments across the state, is reminding the public about the potential for rabies exposure from contact with bats and other wildlife.
 
“Bats become active during this time of year and that increases the possibility of exposure to rabies, which is a dangerous and life-threatening condition if contracted,” said Kelly Giesbrecht, DVM, MPH, state public health veterinarian with DPH. “We want to highlight the importance of rabies prevention and control efforts in our communities, while also reminding Kentuckians of the existing dangers of coming into contact with rabid bats and other wildlife. To avoid possible rabies exposure, wildlife should not be fed, handled or treated as pets.”
 
Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system in humans, pets and wild animals. A person may contract rabies through a bite, scratch or saliva from an infected animal. Due to the small size of its teeth and claws, a bat bite or scratch may not be seen or even felt by the injured person. A potential rabies exposure should never be taken lightly. If untreated, rabies is fatal.
 
Bats that are active during the day or are unable to fly might be suspect for having rabies. To minimize the risk for contracting rabies, it is best never to handle any bat. If you find a bat in your home, call your local animal control office to collect the bat and call your healthcare provider or local health department to determine if preventive treatment is needed. Not all bats are positive, only a small percentage. However, caution should still be used around all bats. Bats are also very beneficial. They eat 600-1000 mosquitoes hourly!
 
To prevent bats from entering your home, carefully examine your home for holes that might allow bats to enter the residence. Any openings larger than a quarter-inch could allow for bat entry. These openings should be blocked either with stainless steel wool or caulking in the fall or winter so you do not unintentionally trap bats within your home. Between May and August, while bats are raising their young, it is illegal to remove bats. Consult with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife if you have a bat problem in your home during these months. Common ways for bats to enter homes include down the chimney, through openings around the chimney, through vents or openings behind shutters, under doors, siding, eaves or shingles.
 
Wildlife rabies cases, primarily in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes, have been identified in the U.S., and these result in human and animal exposures requiring thousands of human rabies post-exposure treatments and animal euthanasia or quarantines.
 
Once clinical symptoms are present, there is no known medical cure for rabies.Symptoms include strange sensations at the site of the bite from a rabid animal, hallucinations and fear of water, all of which are quickly followed by death.
 
While rabies in humans is rare in the U.S. (usually only one or two human cases per year), the most common source of human rabies in the U.S. is from bats. Among the 19 naturally acquired cases of rabies in humans in the U.S. from 1997-2006, 17 were associated with bats. Among these, 14 patients had known encounters with bats. The last case of human rabies in Kentucky from a bat was in 1996. Rabies can be prevented by avoiding contact with bats and getting immediate treatment if you do come in contact with a bat that tests positive or isn’t able to be tested.
 
Points to remember to prevent rabies:
  1. Do not touch a bat!
  2. Teach your children: Do not touch a bat! 
  3. Keep your pets vaccinated.
  4. Do not interact or attract wildlife.
  5. Do not put food outside for wildlife and keep pet food covered.
  6. Talk to your healthcare provider about preventive shots if you believe you have been exposed to rabies.

 

For more information on bats and the potential to contract rabies visit: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/education/index.html

 

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The Columbia/Adair County Fire Department responded to the westbound lane of the Louie B. Nunn-Cumberland Parkway this (Sunday) morning at 9:57amCT at mile marker 46. A semi tractor-trailer (hauling a load of hay) was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. They were able to get the fire extinguished prior to the load catching on fire. The truck was owned by Branscum's Storage Inc. of Russell Springs, KY.  
 
19 firemen were on the scene for approx. 45 minutes.  
 
 

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