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CPD Officers were dispatched to Columbia Walmart on Friday, August 23, 2019 after a report of a number of children being left at the store by a female. Officers made contact with 6 children, ranging in age from 6-11, who had been taken inside the store by a female identified as Amanda Jardinez. She reportedly told the minors to find a worker to speak with, and began to walk out. Three of the juveniles attempted to follow Jardinez back out of the store before she stopped, turned, and made them go back inside. Jardinez then left with a male subject, later identified as James Alex “Loop” Holovich, in a blue Dodge Caravan. Holovich’s 5-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle.

 

Officers contacted Social Services and the children were able to be placed with relatives. Later that evening a warrant was signed by Columbia Police. Jardinez was located the following evening in Pulaski County by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police and was taken into custody.

 

Amanda Jardinez, 34, of Somerset, KY has been charged in Adair County with 6 counts of Abandonment of a Minor and Wanton Endangerment (both felonies). She was also arrested on an active Failure to Appear Warrant for 4th degree Assault out of Rockcastle County and was lodged in the Rockcastle Co. Jail.

 

The case is still ongoing. CPD Officers John Dial and Adam Cravens are the investigating Officers.

 

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SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2019) – During Friday’s Russell County Fiscal Court meeting, Governor Matt Bevin announced $139,000 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on Tarter Lane, Woolridge Schoolhouse Road and A.B. Roy Road. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. This significant investment supports the Governor’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.

 

“We are pleased today to announce $139,000 in discretionary transportation funding that is being made available to the Russell County community,” said Gov. Bevin. “Local officials have worked closely with our Transportation Cabinet team to identify priority projects, as we invest in infrastructure upgrades that will significantly enhance safety, access, and economic opportunity.”

 

Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.  

 

“I would like to thank Governor Bevin and KYTC Rural and Municipal Aid for their continued support in helping the Russell County Fiscal Court keep our county road infrastructure maintained for our citizens,” said Judge-Executive Robertson. 

 

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by KYTC district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.

 

“Modernizing local infrastructure is one of the best routes to attracting and keeping businesses in a community,” said Sen. Max Wise. “Through increased safety and roadway improvements, these resurfacing projects are directly impacting Kentuckians and their communities. I would like to extend my appreciation to those involved for prioritizing Russell County in their resurfacing plans.”

 

The roads set to be addressed provide access to more than 40 homes and multiple side roads.   

 

“I appreciate Governor Bevin recognizing the continuing needs of our county and this part of the state,” said Rep. Jeff Hoover. “This money will help address some infrastructure needs.” 

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the projects.

 

Resurfacing work will address:

  • Tarter Lane (County Road 1637) – resurfacing 0.628 miles
  • Woolridge Schoolhouse Road (County Road 1131) – resurfacing 1.04 miles
  • A.B. Roy Road (County Road 1367) – resurfacing 0.722 miles

 

 

 

 

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Taylor County emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of a fatal accident Friday in a road re-surfacing work-zone area on Highway 70.

 

Taylor Co. Sheriff Allen Newton tells 99.9 The Big Dawg that 44 year old Keith Jewell of Greensburg, KY died after being struck by a truck while resurfacing a portion of Hwy 70 near the Mannsville community. Jewell was an inspector for the Kentucky Dept. of Highways. The driver of the truck was 56 year old Phillip Kirkland of Bradfordsville, KY and the truck was owned by Haydon Materials. 

 
Jewell was pronounced dead at Taylor Regional Hospital. The fatal mishap occured late Friday afternoon and was investigated by Deputy Dickie Benningfield with the Taylor County Sheriffs Dept.
 

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This afternoon (Friday, August 23rd) Columbia Police Officers were on a call on Tutt Street when a male subject (40-year-old Tony Hadley of Columbia, KY) arrived on the scene and initiated contact with Officers. After speaking with Hadley, Officers gained consent to search him and his vehicle. Several grams of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia were located in the auto. Hadley was then taken into custody and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia as well as Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a class C felony. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Officer Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Sergeant Jr Murphy.
 

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Russell County Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup will be Thursday, August 29, 2019. Please let the Chamber know what time and what section you or your group would like to focus on for the clean-up so the same area isn't the only section covered.
 
Safety vests and garbage bags will be provided and can be picked up at the Chamber office from 8:30am-4:30pm. You will need a pair of gloves and closed-toe shoes...NO SANDALS!!
 
Volunteers must be 13 or older. If you're under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by an adult. Church or school groups are welcome and encouraged to participate!!

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SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2019) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced an increase in the load limit on the KY 61 Cumberland River Bridge in Cumberland County effective today, August 23. The increased load limits result from a recent bridge rehabilitation project where necessary structural repairs were made. 

 

NEW LOAD LIMITS ON BRIDGE:

  • Type 1: 32 tons
  • Type 2: 33 tons
  • Type 3: 36 tons
  • Type 4: 44 tons
  • Single Unit Vehicle with 5 axles: 39 tons
  • Single Unit Vehicle with 6 axles: 39 tons
  • Single Unit Vehicle with 7+ axles: 41 tons

 

The new load rating signage for the structure is at the bridge end.

 

Motorists are reminded that rehabilitation work continues on the KY 90 structure with temporary traffic signals in place and lane widths reduced to 10 feet. Load limits on the KY 90 bridge remain in place with the lower weight limits. 

 

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Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that at 3:19pmCT on Thursday afternoon, the Russell County Sheriffs Office received a call of an accident with Injuries on Hwy 619, 3 miles east of Russell Springs. A 2008 Chevy being operated by Norma Jean Brown of Columbia, KY pulled into the path of a 2017 Chevy operated by 17 year old Lindsey Wooldridge of Russell Springs, KY. 3 passengers in the Wooldridge vehicle were treated at the scene by Russell County EMS. 
 
Norma Brown was charged with DUI 1st degree. A passenger in her vehicle, Kevin Lawson, age 34 of Windsor, KY was charged with Public Intoxication (including Alcohol). Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 
 
Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Russell County EMS. 
 
 

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Green County, KY (August 22, 2019) - On Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at approximately 12:00pmCT, Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a call reporting 34-year-old Nathan Wells was holding his 46-year-old wife, Lisa Wells, hostage at their residence in the Hardyville area of Green County. When Troopers arrived to the scene, several attempts to make contact were made before the couple exited the residence. Nathan Wells was arrested without incident and charged with 6 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault 4thdegree (minor injury), terroristic threatening 3rd degree, and unlawful imprisonment 2nd degree. Wells was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Marvin Blakey.

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Date: August 21st 2019

 

Location: 530 North Poplar Street Campbellsville

 

Agencies Involved: Columbia Area HIDTA Drug Task Force, Campbellsville Police Department, KSP DESI WEST, and Columbia Police Department.

 

On Wednesday, August 212019 detectives with the Columbia Area HIDTA Drug Task Force served indictments issued by a Taylor County Grand Jury on 70 year old Henry Godfrey Barnett and 61 year old Carolyn Barnett, both of Campbellsville, KY at 530 North Poplar Street in Campbellsville. These indictments follow a 6 month investigation into complaints of drug trafficking. During the course of serving the indictments, a search warrant was obtained. Additional drugs and 2 handguns were seized. Henry Godfrey Barnett was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center on Grand Jury indictments for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2nd Offense (> 4 grams of cocaine) and Possession of a Handgun by a convicted felon. Carolyn Barnett was also lodged on Grand Jury indictments for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (< 4 grams cocaine). The investigation continues and additional charges are expected. 

 

The Columbia Area HIDTA Drug Task Force includes detectives from Kentucky State Police DESI WEST, Campbellsville Police Department, and Columbia Police Department. All agencies were involved in this investigation. 

 

Investigating Officers: Corporal Ryan Jewell and Detective Travis Begley

 

Approving Supervisor: Lieutenant Scotty Perian

 

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A continuing investigation by the Russell County Sheriffs Department for Selling and Trafficking of Illegal Drugs in the Fairview/Fonthill area of Russell County has resulted in additional charges being placed on 51-year-old Torry Ryder of Russell Springs.

 

According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, the investigation which led to a search warrant being executed, started on August 9, 2019 and resulted in Ryder being charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree, 1st offense (Pills), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Warrants executed on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 also charges Ryder with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine) and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree, 1st offense (Pills).

 

The investigation is still ongoing and further arrests are possible. Deputy Kenny Perkins is heading the investigation. 

Sheriff Polston reminds Russell County residents that if you suspect illegal drugs being sold in your neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

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On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 3:31pmCT, K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop on a 2011 Dodge passenger car. During the investigative stop, it was determined there was suspicion of controlled substances in the vehicle.  K-9 “Nitro” was deployed giving a positive hit indicator of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the auto revealed suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

 

Benjamin Shroyer, 40, of Columbia, KY was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia Possession charges. 

 

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Kentucky State Police arrested 50-year-old Harry A. Brown of Magnolia, KY was charged with Burglary 2nd degree, Fleeing/Evading Police, and Resisting Arrest. Brown was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

 

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Campbellsville Police assisted Probation and Parole with a home visit on Monday and arrested 37-year-old Jason Yocum of Campbellsville, KY. Yocum was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Marijuana and Pills. He was lodged in the Taylor County Jail.

 

 
Officer Jake Hedgespeth made the arrest. 
 

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A Russell County man was charged with DUI following a 1-vehicle accident over the weekend.
 
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that on Saturday, August 16, 2019 at 9:25pmCT, the Russell County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident just South of Jamestown on Hwy 619. John M. Camp, age 44 of Happy Acre Lane, Jamestown, KY was operating a 2000 Jeep when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed over the roadway striking a culvert, causing the vehicle to overturn, travel down the ditch-line and catch on fire. 
 
John Camp and his passenger, Randal Walker, 41, of Russell Springs, KY were both taken to Russell County Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Camp was treated and released. He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the influence of Alcohol, 1st offense and taken to the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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  • Buford Edward Shephard, 47, Russell Springs - arrested Sunday morning by RSPD and charged with Burglary, 2nd degree; TBUT over $500; and Giving Officer False Identifying Information
  • John Martin Camp, 44, Jamestown - arrested early Saturday morning by RCSO and charged with DUI

 

Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
 
  • Allan Neil Cape, 43, Columbia - arrested on Saturday evening by KSP for Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 2nd Offense; DUI, 2nd Offense; and Failure to Wear Seatbelt
  • Andrew White, 30, Columbia - arrested early Saturday morning by CPD for DUI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Holly Harris, 35, Burkesville - arrested by CCSO on Saturday night for Escape, 2nd degree; and Resisting Arrest

 

Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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The Russell County School Board will meet on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:00pmCT at Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium (Room 114).

 

AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Presentation of Veterans High School Diploma- Mr. Arvis Stapp
5. Russell County Education Association (RCEA) Certified and Classified Employee Recognition: Tyler Flatt, RCHS Teacher & Greta Holder, RCHS Registrar
6. Recognition: SCATS Scholarship Recipients- Christian Rara & Carter Wimmer
7. Consent Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Payment of Bills
  • Construction Funds
  • School Activity Fund Reports
  • Financial Report
  • Field Trips

8. 2019-2020 Tax Rates (Propose To Leave Rates Unchanged)

9. Bids for Surplus Property (Food Service)
10. Contracts/Memorandum of Agreements
11. American Red Cross-Facility Use Agreement
12. Over Night Trip
13. Fundraiser
14. Public Comment
15. Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Grant Update
16. DATA Security
17. Personnel Reports
18. Adjournment
 

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Linda Crabtree, 49, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by KSP and charged with DUI; Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle. Crabtree was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

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Starting today (Friday), KY 90 in Cumberland County will be reduced to one lane at mile point 9.4 (Allen Creek), between Taylor Road and Allen Creek Road, as crews perform bridge deck restorations. Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the east and west approaches for the lane closure. The lane closure is expected to be in place for 4 weeks. The duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.
 

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A domestic dispute off North 127 in Russell Springs, KY on Thursday, August 15, 2019 resulted in the arrest of a Russell Co. man on drug & other charges.
 
According to Russell Co. Sheriff Derek Polston, 23-year-old Jaylan Waddell of Russell Springs, KY was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence). Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating officer; Chief Deputy Jerry Melton assisted at the scene. 
 

Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. You will remain anonymous. 

 

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On Wednesday, August 14th, 30-year-old Logan Adam Sprague of Russell Springs, KY was arrested in the Webb's Cross Roads community on a warrant charging him with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine). Deputy Luke Hughes made the arrest that stemmed from an investigation by Deputy Nathan Ginn of the Russell County Sheriffs office. This case will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury.
 
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-line at 270-343-8116. You will remain anonymous. 
 
 

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