Local News: August 23, 2016


Police are looking for a man who robbed a Campbellsville bank on Friday.

The Campbellsville Police Department responded to a reported robbery at the Forcht Bank at 1405 E Broadway. The suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money before police arrived.

The suspect is described as a black male between 5-foot-6 and 5-10 with a slim build who was wearing a blue cap, blue shirt, dark jeans, dark sunglasses and a yellow reflective vest.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the CPD at 270-465-4121.




A Wayne County Deputy Jailer was arrested after deputies say he tried to help an inmate smuggle drugs into the jail. 

32-year-old Dewey Burks is charged with Promoting Contraband, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and Official Misconduct. 

Sheriff's deputies say that inmate Charles Doan asked a friend to bring pills to the jail and give them to Deputy Jailer Burks.

Investigators say that they waited for Doan's friend to come to the jail and then they charged Burks and Doan. 




Police arrested a Somerset man for breaking into an unoccupied home Saturday.

Officers recieved a call saying that 26-year-old Jonathan S. Whitaker was entering the back door of an unoccupied home. 

Officers arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter to the situation continued until more officers arrived.

They say that with the help of Pulaski County Sheriff and Constable Units, officers deployed pepper spray into the attic where Whitaker was believed to be hiding. They say Whitaker eventually moved around in the attic and slipped through the ceiling. Officers pulled him down to safety. 

During the investigation, officers say they determined he had just been released from the Pulaski County Detention Center about an hour before breaking into this home. He was in there for an unrelated charge of criminal trespass third degree. 

Whitaker was also charged with burglary second degree, thefy by unlawful taking under $300 and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. 




Adair County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready community. The announcement was made Friday, August 19, 2016 by Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner. 

The Work Ready Communities certification program assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff exisiting jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require. 


Currently, 44 counties have been designated as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress because they are close to meeting the Kentucky Work Ready Community criteria. To achieve this level, a county must present a viable plan to meet all of the criteria within three years. The designation shows that a community is making strides and working with its business, education, workforce, and economic development leaders to set and meet common goals that will give the county an economic edge. 




A Michigan man has been arrested in connection with possible heroin overdoses in the Campbellsville area.

On Wednesday, August 17th Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement (Special Investigatios West Branch) arrested 21-year-old Kewyone Roland of Detroit, Michigan for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense greater than 2 grams of heroin and for possession of marijuana. This arrest follows an investigation into possible heroin overdoses in the Campbellsville area this past week. The investigation continues and more arrests are expected. Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police Special Operations K9, and KSP Post 15 assisted.



Citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling KSP toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or any criminal activity. You may also download the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to KSP including weather, road and traffic information as well as text, voice, and photo tip capabilites to report criminal behavior. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores. 




Anyone looking to start a new career in a high-paying, in-demand field is encouraged to register for Advanced Manufacturing Production Mig Welding class at Adair County High School. Running from Oct. 10 through Dec. 11, the evening class offers industry certification and five college credit hours for students that pass the course.

The course, which will be taught by instructors form Somerset Community College, costs $900 to register, and students are required to furnish their own helment, gloves, welding jacket, work boots, and safety glasses. The cost should not be considered an impediment, however.

"The Lake Cumberland Area Development District has money to help with equipment and tution", according to Supt. Alan Reed. While the school district receives no direct profit or benefit from the program, Reed says the opportunity to provide a needed community service is too good to pass up. 

Reed says that the course is one of the best and easiest ways to obtain a great job in a short amount of time, especially considering the close ties the instructors have to local businesses.

The paperwork has also been simplified. Interested parties do not even have to apply directly to Somerset Communtiy College, but can instead fill out a simple one-page application to get started. 12 to 14 open spots are available, but not a lot of interest has been shown. 

Classes run Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m. for nine weeks, starting Oct. 10, for 120 total instruction hours. To register and/or pay for the course, contact Valerie Hogan.