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On Friday, September 20, 2019 the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a burglary in progress on Eastport Road. The victim came home to discover his front door kicked in. The victim gave a description of the vehicle that left prior to Deputies arrival. That vehicle was located at Campbellsville Housing, Anna Court. 33-year-old Wesley Spalding of Loretto, KY was found hiding inside a residence and was in possession of stolen property matching items taken from the burglary, including a handgun. Spalding also has 12 warrants from four different counties. He was arrested and charged with Burglary, 1st degree and transported to the Taylor Co. Detention Center.

 

Taylor Co. Deputy Brent Burkhead made the arrest. He was assisted by the Campbellsville Police Dept.

 

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Chris Lynn Pelston, 41, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Friday morning, September 20, 2019 by KSP and charged wtih Sexual Abuse, 1st degree (Victim Under 12). Pelston was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

 

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There is a "Burning Ban" in Russell County, KY. Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson declared the burning ban effective Saturday, September 21st, 2019 until further notice due to the extremely dry conditions. According to the Executive Order, no one shall light or maintain an open fire at any location in Russell Co. while the ban is in effect. Any person violating the ban shall be subect to fines and penalties. 
 
 
 

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Adair County is now under an "Open Burning Ban". Adair Co. Judge Exec. Gale Cowan signed the proclamation earlier today.....

 

 

 

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  • Timothy McWhorter, 32,  Russell Springs, KY - arrested Wednesday afternoon by Probation & Parole for Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 ounces); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); and a Parole Violaton (for Techical Violation)
  • Christopher Dalton Smothers, 35, Russell Springs, KY - arrested Wednesday afternoon by RCSO for 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possesssion of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.

 
  • Carla Perkins, 53, Columbia, KY - arrested by KSP on Wednesday afternoon for DUI; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; Improper Windshield; Failure to Produce Insurance Card; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Vicki Hodges, 38, Elizabethtown, KY - arresed Wednesday night by ACSO for Leaving the Scene of an Accident; DUI; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Ricky Melton, 32, Burkesville - arrested Wednesday night by BPD for Disregarding a Stop Sign and DUI

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

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Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman & Russell Co. Sheriff Derek Polston were guests on the WAVE this morning. Here's the interview in case you missed it.........

 

 

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On Wednesday, Sept. 18th, Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson and the Fiscal Court issued a proclamation recognizing Russell County 911 Telecommunicators as first responders.  
 
Currently, Telecommunicators are classified as Office and Administrative Support Occupations. Recently, Texas became the first state to pass legislation recognizing 911 Telecommunicators as first responders and classify them as Protective Services, which includes police, fire, EMS, etc. The 911 Saves Act is a national bill that would reclassify 911 telecommunicators nationwide as Protective Services. Currently it has passed the House and is being considered in the Senate. 
 
Item #7 in the local proclamation states, "The Russell County Fiscal Court recognizes that a 911 Telecommunicator is far from clerical and supports the national movement to reclassify 911 Telecommunicators as First Responders, to truly recognize the work they do. Additionally, the Russell County Fiscal Court supports the 911 Saves Act to properly classify the proffession of 911 Telecommunicators." 
 
Full time Telecommunicators are required to complete an intensive 5-week academy through the Dept of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, KY. The academy is considered among the best in the nation. Telecommunicators also are required to receive ongoing training each year to maintain this certification. In addition, they are certified in Telephone CPR and Criminal Justice Information System, which houses sensitive data such as Driver License, Vehicle registration, Criminal History, Wanted Persons, etc.  
 
Russell County 911 employees 11 Telecommunicators (7 full time and 4 part time).  They want to thank the Russell County Judge Executive and Fiscal Court for this recognition and will continue to strive to provide the best possible 911 service to the citizens and tourists of Russell County.
 
 
Pictured front row left to right: Kori Skaggs (911 Training officer), Gary Robertson (County Judge Executive), Gary Wheat (911 Supervisor).  Back row left to right Valerie Baker (911 Telecommunicator), Nichole Simpson (911 Telecommunicator), Derek Polston (Sheriff/911 Board), H M Bottom (911 Board Chair), Penny Jones (911 Telecommunicator), Ashley Pearson (911 Telecommunicator). Not pictured are: Laura Willis, Elizabeth Skaggs, Krystal Redmon, Carrie Burton and Nicole Bradshaw.
 

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In the continued battle to combat the drug epidemic in Russell County, 2 Russell Countians were arrested on Wednesday.
 
According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, a search warrant was executed at 3372 West Hwy 76 in the old Foley store area of Russell County. Arrested at the scene were Christopher D. Smothers, age 35, who was charged with Trafficking In A Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine). Rebeka Devore, age 37, was charged with Possession of Marijuana (less than 8oz) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sheriff Polston says more arrests are forthcoming. 
 
The sheriff reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, call the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 

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September 17th, 2019
Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management 
 
While in discussion with the National Weather Service (NWS) and Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, in regard to the dry conditions of the county, it was decided to bring attention to the elevated risk of fire spread.  The majority of Adair County remains out of the abnormally dry conditions indicated on the included drought monitor infographic and further information from the NWS expects the conditions to remain the same through the end of the week.  Many counties around Adair are experiencing moderate drought conditions and have enacted local burn bans.  We will continue to monitor conditions along with our government partners and make determination on a local ban if conditions change.  
 
Please use caution if you must burn in Adair County and consult with your local government if out of the county. 
 
 

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LEXINGTON, KY, Sept. 17, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg today announced 72 counties in the commonwealth (including Russell, Adair, Casey, Cumberland & Metcalfe) are eligible to apply for grants to help recover from natural disasters.
 
The announcement comes after U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers announced that USDA is making $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program.
 
The $150 million is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery number.
 
Grant applications will be accepted at USDA state offices on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Grant assistance will be provided on a graduated scale; smaller communities with the lowest median household income are eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds. 
 
Eligible counties: Adair, Ballard, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Clay, Crittenden, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Graves, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Livingston, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Metcalfe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle, Russell, Spencer, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, and Wolfe.
 
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
 
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/.
 

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There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County, KY on Oak St., Richards Dr. and Alexandra Drive due to water main repairs. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.
 

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On Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 3:23pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a single vehicle collision on KY 704.  Upon arrival, it was found that Sandra Loy of Columbia, KY was operating a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox traveling south on KY 704, when she dropped off the shoulder of the roadway, traveled through a residential yard, with the vehicle rolling over.  
 
Loy and a juvenile passenger were treated at the scene by Adair EMS and then transferred to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.
 
The collision was investigated by Chief Deputy Justin Cross. 
 

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  • Ricky Barnett, 65, Campbellsville - arrested by the TCSO on Monday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Drug Unspecified)
  • Ester Hunt, 56, Columbia - arrested Monday evening by KSP for DUI (Aggravating Circumstance) 3rd Offense; Driving on a DUI Suspended License; Reckless Driving; Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card
  • Maverick Parr, 30, Glasgow - arrested on Monday afternoon for Rape, 3rd degree; Ppossession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor; Use of a Minor (under the age of 16) in a Sex Performance; Sodomy, 1st degree (Victim under 12 years old); and Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd degree (on foot)

 

Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

 

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FRANKFORT (September 16, 2019) - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s high-tech Mobile Science Activity Center (MSAC) will visit Adair County Middle School September 17-19, 2019 to teach students about agriculture and its vital role in their everyday lives.
 
3 MSACs travel to schools throughout the Commonwealth to give students the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments related to agriculture using current educational standards and core content.
 
The MSACs use tablet computers, a 70-inch LED monitor, and an all-in-one touchscreen desktop computer to interact with students. The mobile units contain internal generators; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and handicapped-accessible ramps.
 
The mobile units are administered by the Education and Outreach Division in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of Marketing.
 
If you plan to cover a visit, please contact the school in advance.
 
To find out more about the Mobile Science Activity Center, contact the Education and Outreach Division at 502-782-4125 or visit http://kyagr.com/marketing/mobile-science-center.html. For information about Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, go to http://teachkyag.org.
 
 

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The City of Columbia, in conjunction with local churches and organizations, will be sponsoring a "Day of Caring" this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 in Columbia and Adair County.
 
Projects are to be completed for the elderly, disabled, and community on that day. This past week, Don Neat and Dwan Hadley have been delivering wood to residents in the county that burn wood for heat in the winter.
 
Bobby Morrison and the Band of Brothers from the Columbia Christian Church will be working with an activity at the Rosenwald School near Santa Fe Church.
 
The Columbia Baptist Church will be overseeing a project at Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor. Projects include: cleaning gutters, tree trimming, cleaning windows, and other smaller household chores throughout the day.
 
If you or your church would like to participate, please contact Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.
 
“We hope that this will become a biannual event for our town,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots, “The support of the community has been amazing.”
 

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Governor Matt Bevin, along with a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) official, will attend the Liberty City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 to make a transportation funding announcement. The meeting will be held at the Central KY Ag/Expo Center, 678 S. Wallace Wilkinson Blvd., Liberty, KY at 2:00pmET.
 

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