This morning (Monday), Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin observed a vehicle at 1:45amCT turn into the parking lot of a closed business. When the Deputy turned in to check on the vehicle, the driver began to pull out. A check of registration revealed the license plates were expired and an insurance indicator was not valid. Deputy Durbin initiated a traffic stop approximately 4 miles north of Columbia on KY 55.
Following a roadside investigation, Officers discovered that 24-year-old Skylar Riggins of Columbia, KY was in possession of illegal narcotics. He was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional jail on the following charges:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)
- Possession of Synthetic Drugs 1st degree
- Possession of Marijuana
- Wanton Endangerment 2nd degree
- Expired Registration Plates
- No Insurance
- Improper Equipment
- Outstanding Warrant from Russell District Court
Deputy Durbin was assisted by Columbia Police Officer Adam Cravens.
On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:53pmCT, Adair County Deputy Dereck Padgett initiated a traffic stop on a 2006 silver Ford in the vicinity of Wheeler Hill in southern Adair County. Following a roadside investigation, Deputy Padgett suspected illegal narcotics in the vehicle. K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin, along with K-9 "Nitro", responded to the scene. Nitro alerted to the scent of illegal substances in the auto so a search was conducted. Methamphetamine was found as a result of the search of the vehicle.
25-year-old Jared Wheat of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Expired Registration Plate and No Insurance.
Wheat was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The investigation is continuing by the Adair Co. Sheriffs Office.
On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 1:30pmET. Campbellsville Police received numerous 911 calls in reference to a male laying down in the middle of South Central Avenue and hitting vehicles as they passed by him. Officer Aaron Fields responded and located the male, 44-year-old Jason Hicks of Campbellsville, KY in the area of Dunkin Donuts on East Broadway. As Officer Fields exited his cruiser, Mr. Hicks came up to Officer Fields and shoved him. As officer Fields attempted to place Hicks under arrest, he ran out into the middle of Broadway. After a brief struggle, Hicks was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylor County Detention Center. He was charged with Public Intoxication, Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd degree (on police officer), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree (on foot).
- Eliseo Rodriguez, 30, Jamestown - arrested by RSPD early Sunday morning for DUI and No Operators License.
- Ernesto Richards, 31, Jamestown - arrested by JPD early Sunday for DUI; No Operators License; and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Vehicle.
- Lucas McFarland, 34, Jamestown - arrested by KSP on Saturday afternoon for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Marijuana; & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Stephanie Joyce Portman, 36, Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Trafficking in Methamphetamine; Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Jimmy Owens, 49, Crab Orchard, KY - arrested by CPD on Monday morning for Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000.
- Tyler Francis, 29, Paducah, KY - arrested by ACSO on Monday morning for 3rd Degree Burglary.
- Brandon Coomer, 34, Russell Springs - arrested by KSP on Sunday evening for Speeding; No Registration Plates; No Registration Receipt; Failure to Maintain Insurance; Failur to Produce Insurance Card; and Contempt of Court.
- Skylar Riggins, 24, Russell Springs - arrested early this morning by ACSO for Disregarding Traffic Signal; Improper Equipment; Wanton Endangerment; No Registration Plates; Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Insurance; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Synthetic Drugs.
- Donnie Campbell, 46, Columbia - arrested by CPD Officer Adam Cravens for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
- Johnathan Dale Stovall, 21, Columbia - arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to a mobile home fire around 8pm on Sunday night on Valley Drive.
According to Jamestown Fire Chief Jeff Lander's, firefighters responded to a call that involved an overheated electrical plug, There was no damage to the residence that was owned by Asa Russell. 8 firefighters were on the scene for about 15 minutes.
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 1:59pmCT. The residence was located at 66 Bill Turner Road and was occupied by Beverly Kuhn. Damage was moderate around a wood stove and was contained to the living room area. There were 16 firemen on the scene for approx. 1 hour.
In recognition of "School Board Appreciation Month", there will be a reception for the Russell County Board of Education members and their guest beginning at 5:00pmCT in room 114 at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium.
The Russell County School Board will meet for a Regular Monthly Meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 6:00pmCT at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114).
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Presentation by Jamestown Elementary School Students
5. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified and Classified Employee Recognition for December: Charlie Anderson, Teacher (RCHS) & Jim Utter, Custodian (RCHS) Recognition for January: Julie Gosser, Teacher (RSES) & Wilma Johnson, Cook (SES)
6. Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center Construction Update
7. Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant (SRCL) – Spotlight on Literacy in Russell County Schools
8. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Payment of Bills
C. Construction Funds
D. School Activity Fund Reports
E. Financial Report
F. Field Trips
9. Russell County School District - Wellness Plan
10. Russell County School Nutrition & Physical Activity Report
11. Regular Local School Board Meetings
12. Out of State and/or Overnight Trips
13. 2020-2021 School Schedule/Calendar
14. Nonresident Contracts
15. School Facilities Construction Commission Offer of Assistance
16. Contract/Memorandum of Agreement Approval
17. Development of Russell County Schools District Facility Plan (First Step)
18. Public Comment
19. Personnel Reports
Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to the Bridgeport Apartments off the Columbia Bypass on Thursday night, January 23, 2020 just before 11:00pmCT for a domestic related disturbance. Upon arrival, there was a 9-year-old juvenile outside in a van unattended while three more children were in the apartment with two adults. Both male and female subjects could be heard screaming at each other as Officers were let in by a 10-year-old juvenile.
Officers on scene were able to obtain control of the situation which resulted in both the male and female being taken into custody. David Brandon Runyon, 31, and Rebecca Thrower, 30, both current Columbia residents were placed into custody and both charged with 4 counts each of Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree (a class D felony). Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the incident.
Thrower was additionally charged with Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries. She is currently on probation for prior charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st, DUI, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident stemming from an arrest in February 2018.
Runyon currently has a probation violation warrant from Georgia, however it is listed as "in state extradition only". The children were placed into the care of a grandmother and social services was notified.
CPD Officer John Dial was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by CPD Officer Adam Cravens.
As I sit and reflect on 2019, it was a good year. On January 6, 2019 I took the oath of office to become your new Adair County Judge Executive. I have tried to see everyone who came in my office and return calls to the ones that came in and I wasn’t available. I know I haven’t made everyone happy with my decisions, but that was one of the first things I learned…. If you make everyone happy, you probably aren’t doing your job right.
Some accomplishments we have made over the past year are listed below:
Green River Animal Shelter: We adopted out 400 animals in 2019 and sent 357 to animal rescues. Our adoptions were down almost 100 animals, but our rescues were up almost 300 animals.
Adair Co. 911 Center: The call volume for the 911 Center was up over 2,400 calls from 2018. The incident count was up over 5,100 incidents from 2018. One thing I’m the proudest of is that we went from one dispatcher to two dispatchers per shift 24 hours/7 days a week.
Adair Co. Recycling: The recycling center wasn’t one of strong points in 2019. With the decline in price for recyclables and the lack of ability to store full tractor/trailer loads of materials our recycling center took a big hit this year. Closing the center completely is not something I will consider at this time. We are looking at options for the new year to improve our recycling center and program.
The Adair County Fiscal Court was able to purchase 4 new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department in 2019. This was a much-needed investment for the safety of our officers and the citizens of Adair Co. The one thing I want to work on in the future is to secure funding so that the Sheriff Department can have 2 deputies on duty at all times.
The Adair County Road Department is busy every day. We have had a very wet and windy fall and winter. With that comes a lot of flooding, downed trees, and stopped up tiles. Between discretionary and flex funding from the state and county money allocated we put down over $1.3M in blacktop in 2019 as well. We hear a lot of the time people wanting to know why their road doesn’t get blacktop. Especially on State funds, we submit roads to the state for funding to be blacktopped, but sometimes they remove roads from our list. The state transportation cabinet sends someone to look at the roads we submit, and they may or may not approve those roads.
Economic Development: We are in the process of extending the road in the Industrial Park on N55. We are in hopes this will help us get industry and jobs in our area. We have made several contacts over the last year. We have also had a couple visits from the State Economic Development Department to look at our area.
As you can see, 2019 was very productive in some areas and not so much in others. But we will continue to work for Adair County and do our best to improve each year. My office is always open to hear the complaints or your ideas. I wish for each of you a prosperous and Happy New Year in 2020.
Gale B. Cowan
Adair Co. Judge Executive
The Russell County Ambulance Service Board of Directors will have a Special Called Meeting on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 2:00pmCT.
Call Meeting to Order
Establish a Quorum
Executive Session: KRS 61.810 (1) (f) Personnel
Part time EMT Application(s)
Part time Paramedic Application(s)
An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 21 individuals:
- Delores J. Vance, 47, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
- Jamey R. Neat, 36, Columbia, KY - Assault, 2nd Degree; Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree.
- Leah M. Rogers (a/k/a Leah Bohannon), 43, Columbia, KY - Theft By Unlawful Taking $500 or More; Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree.
- Eric Rowe, 34, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Persistent Felony Offender (2 counts)
- Jessica Wilson, 34 and William Brice Gibson, 41, both of Danville, KY - Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm). Gibson also indicted for being a Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; DUI, 2nd Offense; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License; and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.
- Sarah Elizabeth Cox, 39, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Benjamin Shroyer, 40, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or Subsequent Offense (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Wyatt T. Long, 32, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Resisting Arrest; and Public Intoxication.
- Juan M. Maldonado, 34, Gainsville, Georgia - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and No Operators License.
- Neil Bloyd, 47, Russell Springs, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Jeremy Harold Kimbler, 46, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Tampering With Physical Evidence; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License; and No Brake Lights.
- Adrian Victor Morales, 32, Columbia, KY - Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Fleeing or Evading Police (on Foot); Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd Degree (2 counts); Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree; (Police Officer); Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Resisting Arrest; Public Intoxication; Receiving Stolen Property
- Andrew R. White, 31, Columbia, KY - DUI, 4th or Subsequent Offense; Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Lewis J. Burton, 56, Liberty, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- William Earl Perkins, 60, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Reckless Driving; and Obstructed Vision/Windshield.
- Carla Jean Perkins, 54, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- John L. Shelton, 40, Columbia, KY - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Barney L. Shepperson, 31, Lebanon, KY - Bail Jumping, 1st Degree.
- James David Burnette, 52, Knifley, KY - Custodial Interference (2 counts); Unlawful Transaction With A Minor (Victim Under 18 Years of Age); and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Disregarding a Stop Sign; Failure To or Improper Signal; Unlawful Transaction With a Minor, 1st Degree, Illegal Sex Act (Victim Under 18 Years of Age); Rape, 3rd Degree; Human Trafficking (Victim Under 18 Years of Age).
- Shamarie Harper (a/k/a Shamarie Claiborne), 51, Columbia, KY - Custodian Interference.
INDICTMENTS ARE LEGAL ACCUSATIONS AND DO NOT DETERMINE GUILT OR INNOCENCE.
The Community Action Agency's Crisis portion of the LiHeap Program is underway. Assistance is available thru March 31st or until funds are depleted.
Clients must meet certain criteria and be in a crisis situation (applicants must provide a utility disconnect notice); have 4 or fewer days worth of fuel oil, propane, kerosene, wood or coal available; or, have received an eviction notice citing unpaid rent.
Households at or above 75% of poverty level must pay a portion or co-payment of the minimum amount necessary to alleviate the crisis.
Call the Community Action Agency in the county you reside for more information. In Russell County, call 270-343-4565. In Adair County, call 270-384-2147.
- Cortez Lawrence, 28, Bowling Green - arrested overnight by KSP on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in Synthetic Drugs; Disregarding Stop Sign; and Failure to Signal.
- John Scott, 37, Columbia - arrested Wednesday afternoon by ACSO for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
- Dustin Gossage, 34, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday night by JPD for DUI (Aggravated Circumstance) 2nd Offense and Failure to Signal.
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
- Bradley Allen Richardson, 43, Russell Springs - arrested by Columbia Police on Tuesday night for Criminal Trespassing and Falsely Reporting an Incident.
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
- Vanessa Cooper, 27, Jamestown - arrested on Tuesday night by JPD for Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension 2nd Degree
- Andrew White, 31, Columbia - arrested by KSP on Tuesday night for DUI, 4th or Subsequent Offense; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Persistent Felony Offender
- Dylan Shepard, 24, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree (Drug Unspecified) and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
- April Dawn Weston, 35, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for TBUT (Shoplifting) Under $500 and Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container.
- Latisha Goff, 32, Jamestown - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for Bail Jumping 1st Degree; Non-Payment of Fines; Contempt of Court; and 2 counts of Failure to Appear.
- Sammy Gibson, 35, Burkesville - arrested by KSP on Tuesday afternoon for Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree (Victim Under 12 Years Old) and Sexual Misconduct.
- Fredrick Katon, 25, Russell Co. - arrested by RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle); Resisting Arrest; Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree; and served a Bench Warrant for Court.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
At the annual 2020 Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows annual convention on January 11, 2020 the Adair County Fair was awarded the 2019 Zone 2, Division B, Most Progressive Fair Award. This award is judged in 4 categories: livestock entries, horse entries, food, crop, and youth entries approved for state aid, plus money spent on entries not approved for state aid. Each of the categories are compared both as a number and percent increase or decrease from the previous year. Also considered are promptness of reports and catalog ratings.
The state is divided into 3 zones with each zone having 2 divisions based on population. Division A is counties with populations under 20,000 and Division B is counties with populations over 20,000. County fairs compete for the Most Progressive Fair Awards within their respected zones and divisions. An overall winner and runner-up are selected from the 6 winning counties using the same comparisons.
Pictured: (front row) Paige Held, Benjamin Coffey, Brandy Held, Fay Davidson, Becky Brockman, and Jennifer Carter. (Back Row) Jamie Hadley, Harriett Hadley, Anthony Held, Thomas Long, Marshall Judd, John Carter, and Dan Held
General upcoming Fair information
Since the Bank of Columbia’s donation of land for use as a new fairground, the public has been asking what’s next. The Adair County Fair Association is happy to announce that they are in negotiations to have a carnival on the donated site in June. During the 2nd week of June, there are plans for a 4 to 5 day carnival at the new location, pageants, and events at the pavilion. Dates will be announced soon for the cattle shows and floral hall. All will tie into bringing back the traditional Adair County Fair.
The Adair Co. Fair Assoc. tells WAVE News that they're moving forward in working to have a full fair again, and are excited to provide this for the community. He goes on to say that they're hoping by next summer to have something for the whole family all in one location. If you would like to assist or donate in any way to this community event, please contact Anthony Brockman at (270) 634-4446.
Lebanon, KY. (January 22, 2020) – Kentucky State Police investigated a fatal collision on Veterans Memorial Highway this morning (Wednesday) at 1:41amET inside Lebanon that closed the road for several hours.
Preliminary investigations indicate that 29-year-old Richard Spalding of Loretto, KY was operating a 2011 Ford F-250 traveling south on Veterans Memorial Highway. Spalding (for an unknown reason) crossed into the path of a 2000 International semi being operated by 62-year-old Jeffrey Canada of Milltown, IN. Spalding's vehicle struck the semi head-on, which resulted in the roadway being closed for several hours.
Spalding was found to be wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroners Office. Canada was not wearing his seat belt and was flown to University of Louisville Hospital by Air Evac with critical injuries.
Sgt. Randall Honeycutt is investigating and was assisted by the Marion County Sheriffs Office, Marion County Fire, EMS and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.
JANUARY 22, 2020 - On Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 an Adair County Circuit Court jury convicted 42-year old Buddy R. Longwell of Albany, KY of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Other Substance (DUI), 4th or Subsequent Offense. The jury also convicted Longwell of being a 1st-Degree Persistent Felony Offender and recommended that he serve 15 years in prison.
According to testimony, KSP Trooper Allen Shirley observed Longwell operating a Dodge truck traveling south on KY 61 near the Breeding community of Adair County on October 13, 2018. Trooper Shirley witnessed Longwell weaving while driving on the road and conducted a traffic stop after Longwell crossed the centerline of the highway multiple times. According to Trooper Shirley, Longwell admitted that he had consumed Xanax earlier in the day. Trooper Shirley administered several field sobriety tests to Longwell and determined that Longwell appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired. Longwell was arrested and taken to TJ Health Columbia where he refused Trooper Shirley’s request to submit a blood test. Trooper Shirley also learned that Longwell’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the traffic stop. Evidence at trial showed that Longwell was prescribed hydrocodone and alprazolam (a/k/a Xanax) at the time of the incident.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright prosecuted the case and presented evidence pertaining to the DUI during the first stage of the trial. During the penalty phase of the trial, Wright introduced evidence concerning Longwell’s prior criminal record, including proof of 5 prior DUI convictions in Russell, Clinton, and Cumberland Counties. After the verdict, Wright said “it is clear that jurors in this community feel that repeat DUI offenders are a danger to the public and should receive significant punishment for such behavior.” Wright further commended Trooper Shirley for his efforts to remove impaired drivers from the roadways and Wright said that his office will continue to aggressively prosecute repeat DUI offenders.
Longwell, who was represented at trial by Albany attorney David Cross, will appear before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for final sentencing.
The accident occurred around 8:00pmET on Sunday, January 19, 2020. According to the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office, the 2-vehicle collision involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle and occurred around the 9000 block on Campbellsville Road.
19-year-old Charles Ishmael of Georgia was the driver of the passenger vehicle. Ishmael and a passenger, 18-year-old D’Jharriah Davis of Lexington, KY (a student at LWC in Columbia) were headed east on Hwy 210 towards Campbellsville, KY. A semi truck, being driven by 41-year-old Darin Powell of Dunnville, KY was headed west toward Hodgenville, KY. As the vehicles rounded a curve on a hill, Ishmael (for unknown reasons) crossed over into the westbound lane & collided with the semi.
Ms. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by the LaRue County Coroner’s Office. Charles Ishmael was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Mr. Powell, the operator of the semi, was transported to the hospital by personal vehicle.
Highway 210 was closed for several hours while officials investigated the accident and cleared the scene. The wreck is still under investigation by LaRue County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Sherrard.
A Special meeting has been called by the Russell County Hospital Board of Directors for Thursday, January 23, 2020 beginning at 5:00pmCT in the hospital conference room.
Executive Session KRS 61.810 (1)(f) Appointment
According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, the accident occurred on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9:52amCT approximately 7 miles west of Columbia on KY 80.
Preliminary investigation shows that 18-year-old James Kelsay of Columbia, KY was operating a 1990 Dodge truck westbound on Edmonton Road, when he crossed the centerline, striking a 2013 Honda SUV being operated by 70-year-old Diane Haynes of Columbia. Haynes vehicle then left the roadway and struck an earth embankment.
Both Kelsay and Haynes were treated on scene by Adair EMS then transported to TJ Health Columbia.
Adair County Deputy Chandler Staten
is investigating the accident.