LOCAL NEWS

April 24, 2017

‘OPERATION 10-46’ AND ‘GHOST OUT’ PROMOTE STUDENT SAFETY
Juniors and seniors learn the dangers of drunk and distracted driving
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
Juniors and seniors at Adair County High School sat through a pair of
programs Friday morning aimed to encourage healthy decision-making
and illuminate the dangers of distracted driving.  “Operation 10-46” and
“Ghost Out” – a mock accident and mock memorial, respectively – served
as a reminder to students to remain safe and avoid risky behavior Saturday
before, during, and after prom.
“The reason to do it is to make kids recognize the dangers, not just of drinking
and driving but distracted driving as well,” says ACHS EMS instructor Preston
Gaskin, who worked with the Youth Services Center to present the programs. 
“I think it went exceptionally well.  If it stops just one kid from making a
decision that could cost a life, then it was worth it.”
“Operation 10-46” – formerly known as “Safety Zone” – featured a two-car
crash with 10 victims, including four fatalities.  Eight students and two
teachers volunteered to play the injured/deceased subjects.  Responders
to the accident included Columbia Police, Adair County Sheriff Dept., Adair
County Coroner, Adair EMS, Columbia-Adair Fire Dept., Breeding Fire Dept.,
Air Evac Lifeteam, PHI Air Medical, Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, and
Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.
“Our hope is that it influences the students to be extra vigilant, avoid
distractions, and make good decisions,” says Jaime White, the Youth
Services Center coordinator at ACHS.  “Sometimes telling them something
doesn’t have the same impact as showing them.”
Immediately following “Operation 10-46” the students returned to the
ACHS gym for “Ghost Out.”  The program featured several speakers, a
slideshow of Adair County automobile accidents, and – most harrowingly –
the reading of 11 obituaries, made up of the 10 students and one teacher
who volunteered to participate.
Adair County EMS Asst. Manager and Critical Care Paramedic Daryl Flatt
shared an account of an accident he and his wife were in a few years ago,
one in which both were seriously injured.  Heather VanArsdale also spoke,
sharing her own near-death experience, which left her in a coma for 45 days. 
Gaskin and ACHS Principal Troy Young addressed the students as well.
“Do not let your mistakes lead to what we’ve witnessed here today,”
Young told the students.  “Do not let your decisions lead to this.”
Gaskin and White wish to thank the many agencies and organizations, as
well as the teacher and student volunteers, who participated Friday for their
efforts to educate local students on such a serious issue.  “We’re so thankful
for every single individual for taking time out of their day to do this,” White says.
  “It’s great to see the community come together for a cause as important as
our students’ safety.”

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Commonwealth of Kentucky
Education & Workforce Development Cabinet
Matthew G. Bevin, Governor
Hal Heiner, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Akers
502-564-9132
Kim Saylor Brannock
502-564-1207
EDITOR'S NOTE: 2016 and 2015 county annual unemployment rate charts are included.
Annual unemployment rates fell in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016
Woodford County's 3.2% lowest annual rate in state
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2017) Annual unemployment rates decreased in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016 compared to 2015, rose in 26 and stayed the same in eight, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 
The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2016 at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.4 percent; Fayette and Shelby counties, 3.5 percent each; Scott County, 3.7 percent; Boone, Campbell, Jessamine and Spencer counties, 3.8 percent each; and Warren County, 3.9 percent.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2016 at 18.8 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 13 percent; Harlan County, 12.1 percent; Letcher County, 11.9 percent; Knott County, 11.2 percent; Elliott and Floyd counties, 10.9 percent each; Pike County, 10.8 percent; Perry County, 10.5 percent; and Lawrence County, 10.4 percent. In 2016, 12 counties had annual rates at or above 10 percent compared to six counties in 2015.
In contrast to the monthly data national and state data, unemployment statistics for counties are not seasonally adjusted. The comparable, unadjusted annual state unemployment rate for the state was 5 percent for 2016, and 4.9 percent for the nation.
In 2016, 71 counties were above the comparable, unadjusted annual state unemployment of 5 percent, while 46 were below the state and three (Carroll, Meade and Crittenden counties) were the same rate.
Compared to the national unadjusted 2016 annual rate of 4.9 percent, 74 Kentucky counties had higher 2016 annual rates, while 44 were lower and two (Boyle and Grant counties) matched it. 
Counties with the largest decline in annual unemployment rates from 2015 to 2016 were Russell County, -3.4 percentage points; Taylor County, -1.3 percentage points; Jackson County, -1.2 percentage points; and Casey and Edmonson counties, -1 percentage points each.
The counties that recorded the largest increases in annual unemployment rates from 2015 to 2016 were Magoffin County, +3.8 percentage points; Leslie County, +2.1 percentage points; Ballard and Floyd counties, +1.7 percentage points each; and Perry County, +1.6 percentage points.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.
The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and counties figures. The statistics in this news release may be revised in the future.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.
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April 21, 2017

Columbia Police Department investigates death of student at Lindsey
Wilson College .

   On 4-20-2017 Adair County 911 received a call from Lindsey Wilson College
stating that a female student had been found unresponsive at McCandless Hall.
CPD Officers Josh Brockman and Drew Conn was dispatched along with Deputy
Brandon  Hitch to the location at 12:56 a.m. along with Adair County Ems . 
Upon arrival officers located 19 year old Mercedes Smith of Cincinnati,
Ohio in her dorm room.  Smith was pronounced deceased by Adair County
Ems at 01:06 a.m.  and Adair County Coroner Todd Akin was notified . 

    The death is being investigated by Ofc . Josh Brockman . An autopsy is
scheduled at the State Medical Examiners office in Louisville KY Friday
morning with Coroner Akin and Ofc Brockman attending .  At this time no
foul play is suspected .   


  Columbia Police arrest Adair County man on felony drug charges .
   On 04-16-17  Columbia Police Officers Charles Greer and Jordan Dean
responded to a local motel in response to a complaint of a missing female.
  Upon arrival officers began searching the property . Officers located the
female they was looking for in a guest room . In addition to locating the
female officers located another male in the room and he was found to be
in possession of illegal narcotics.   Arrested and lodged in Adair County
Regional Jail was 34 year old Josh Graves of Columbia . Charges include :

Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine .
Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree Cocaine . 
Ofc Charlse Greer was the arresting officer and was assisted by Officers
Jordan Dean and Jamie Cole .


   Columbia man arrested on felony vandalism charges :
  On 04-18-2017 Columbia Police Officers was dispatched to an altercation
taking place off of Hudson Street in the limits of Columbia.  When officers
arrived it was found during course of investigation that the victim had over
1,000 dollars of personal property damage . 

 As a result of the incident 22 year old Marcus Yarberry was arrested by Ofc
John Dial on charges of Criminal Mischief 1st degree and lodged in the Adair
County Regional Jail

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COMMUNITY WORK TRANSITION PROGRAM OFFERS HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
Senior Matthew Combes learns automotive repair skills with a unique
scheduling arrangement
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
Matthew Combes’ day did not start like most of his classmates’.  Instead
of heading to class Thursday morning, the senior at Adair County High School
went to work at Joe Brown Auto Body Repair, just as he had the day prior and
the day before that.  Under ACHS’ Community Work Transition Program (CWTP)
– which aims to develop skills and find employment opportunities for exceptional
students – Combes works from 8 a.m. until noon, and then heads back to school.
“Matt’s eating it up – he loves it,” says Jim Leib, the district’s employment specialist.
  “It’s something he can really grow into.  That’s what this whole program is about:
  Getting kids out to see what kind of opportunities there are.”
The shop’s owner, Joe Brown, says that he has been impressed with Combes’
attitude and is happy to work with CWTP.  “Matt’s doing great,” Brown says. 
“He’s just doing the basics right now, picking up and getting things ready to paint
– that kind of thing.  I don’t have to stay on him to work and he seems like a
real good kid.”
For his part, Combes says he’s enjoying the opportunity to develop new skills
and gain work experience.  “I like it a lot so far,” Combes says.  “I think I’ve
learned quite a bit.” 
Leib wishes to thank Brown for his willingness to work with CWTP, and encourages
anyone else who would like to get involved in the program to let him know. 
“We’re thankful to Joe for giving us this opportunity to form a partnership,
and we hope to establish even more of these partnerships going forward,”
Leib says.  “If anyone else wants to participate, I want them to call me.” 
Leib can be reached at (270) 634 0532.

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Adair Co. Sheriff's Office/DEA Drug takeback is Saturday, April 29, 2017.
The Adair County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement
Agency will be participating in the Medicine Take Back Program on Saturday
April 30, 2016 from 10am-2pmCT, in the parking lot at Taco Bell, 899
Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY.  This would be a good opportunity to dispose
of out-of-date or unused pharmacy prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.
Things NOT accepted  due to a potential hazard by blood-borne pathogens are:
No illegal drugs, syringes, injectable or intravenous solutions.  For more information
call the Adair County Sheriff's Office during regular business hours at 270-384-2776
or visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website at Drug Disposal / Takeback  -
Sheriff Harrison Moss Thank you for all you do for Adair County and the community,
Harrison Moss


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4-20-2017

Post 15 activity for March, 2017
  
Columbia, Ky. (April 18, 2017)During the month of March 2017,
there were 14 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in
the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland,
Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
There were four fatal collisions during the month of March in the Post 15 area.
Latoya C Norris, age 32 of Marion Co KY was killed on 03/05/17 in Washington
Co KY
Alesha Morrison, age 45 of Adair Co KY was killed on 03/11/17 in Adair Co KY
Richard Bennett, age 38 of Adair Co KY was killed on 03/26/17 in Adair Co KY
Peggy Groce, age 61 of Clinton Co KY was killed on 03/30/17 in Clinton Co KY
This brings our yearly fatality count to 5 compared with 6 through this same
period in 2016.
Statewide fatality count stands at 160 compared with 155 through this same
period in 2016.
During the month of March 2017, there were 1226 citations written, 234 courtesy
notices written, 1557 vehicles inspected, 748 complaints answered, 70 motorists
assisted, 81 criminal cases opened and 304 criminal arrests made.

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There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Columbia City Council on Thursday,
April 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  The following agenda will be followed:
1.)     Motion to approve commitment of $15,000 to the Columbia Adair County
Parks and Recreation Board for ½ Match of Land and Water Conservation
Grant for the Jim Blair Center, should the grant be approved.  Monies will be
appropriated in the 17/18 fiscal year.
2.)    Motion to adjourn.

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The Adair County Fiscal Court Nuisance Committee will be meeting in
the basement of the Adair County Annex building located at 424 Public
Square, Columbia, KY 42728 at 9:00 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017. This
meeting is open to the public.    

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Lindsey Wilson Men’s Basketball signs local Adair County
standout Kel Stotts
COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men’s basketball program has added
local Adair County High School standout Kel Stotts for the upcoming
2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.
“We are so excited to have Kel join our Blue Raider program,” Peck said.
“Not only is he one of the top players in our area, he is one of the top
players in the state and he may be the best shooter, especially from
distance.
“He adds the dimension we lacked last year. He will be able to stretch the
defense with his shooting, which will allow our post to have more freedom
to operate.”
Stotts joins the Blue Raiders after a stellar senior season at Adair County
where he averaged a team-high 21.7 points per game and tallied 607 total
points. He shot 54.8 percent from the field and led the Indians with 7.1
made field goals per contest, adding a 46.2 shooting percentage from
beyond the arc. Stotts shot 76.2 percent from the charity stripe and
averaged 4.7 rebounds per game.
He helped lead the Indians to a 32-2 record during his senior campaign a
as Adair County advanced to the 5th Region Championship game.
“I think Kel made a great decision by choosing Lindsey Wilson,” Adair County
head coach Deron Breeze said. “He had numerous options, but his choice
to attend LWC shows his maturity. Kel knows what he wants to be 15 years
from now and Lindsey Wilson was the best option for him to fulfill his
long-term goals.
“I expect Kel to go in and work hard and be a leader by example,” Breeze said
“He will have a chance to earn immediate playing time and hopefully can
mirror his high school career on the collegiate level. We are excited to be
able to continue watching his basketball career at the next level.”
Stotts tallied 2,803 points in his career and is just the second player in Kentucky
High School Athletic Association history to score 1,000 points at two separate
schools, doing so at both Adair County when he played on varsity in seventh
and eighth grade, and at Russell County High School his freshman, sophomore
and junior seasons.
Stotts pulled in the accolades in 2017 earning All-5th Region and All-20th District
honors and was named the 2017 Campbellsville Holiday Classic Most Valuable
Player and a Third Team All-State selection by the Courier Journal.
He also made his mark in the state record books for his career, finishing with the
fourth-most three-point field goal attempts (885), the fifth-most made three
pointers (389), the 14th-most field goal attempts (1,872) and the 17th-most
made field goals (914).
Stotts is excited for the opportunity to play at the collegiate level and for an
institution in his hometown.
“I’ve known Coach Peck and Coach Chris Starks all my life and to be able to sign
with Lindsey Wilson and play in my hometown is a blessing,” Stotts said. “I’m
very excited for next fall and the season to start. I can’t wait to suit up and go
to war with my new brothers on the team.
“I want to continue to grow as a person and player and it’s a situation where they
know me well and I feel very comfortable being there,” Stotts said. “Hopefully
we can win championships at the conference level and make runs into the
national tournament.”
“Kel had a great high school career. His senior season under Coach Breeze at
Adair County was a special year,” Peck said. “We hope all the people of Adair
and Russell County to continue to follow his progress here at Lindsey Wilson.”

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A two vehicle accident 5 miles east of Columbia on Liberty Road occurred
Wednesday morning at about 9:45 am., resulting in a Pulaski County state
road worker being air lifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in
Lexington.
A 2003 Ford F450 sign truck was traveling east on Highway 206 when it
stopped to install a road sign. William Watson of 6625 Liberty Road,
Columbia, was operating a 1999 Jeep when his vehicle struck the Ford,
pinning a state transportation worker between the vehicles.
Twenty-two-year-old Preston Brainard was at the rear of the vehicle
preparing to install his equipment the the Watson vehicle struck Brainard.
Brainard was treated on scene by the Adair County EMS and then transported
to TJ Health Columbia where he was then air lifter to University of Kentucky
Hospital.
Watson was cited on the scene for operating a motor vehicle with no insurance.
Adair County Chief Deputy Aaron Rainwater and Adair County Sheriff Harrison
Moss investigated the collision and was assisted on scene by Kentucky State
Police Trooper Nick Hale.

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On April 19, 2017 at approximately 1:12 pm Adair County Sheriff Harrison
Moss and Adair County Chief Deputy Aaron Rainwater were dispatched to
1164 Neat Hollow Road, Columbia, for an attempted home invasion. Jamie
Neat of 1164 Neat Hollow Road advised Adair County 911 that an unknown
male dressed in Camo fatigue and black face paint, and armed with a knife
had attempted to force his way into the residence. Neat reported that during
a scuffle, he was cut on his arm. Neat told authorities that the unknown male
had then fled the scene in a newer model black van with no license plate.
Neat was transported to TJ Columbia Health by private vehicle where he was
treated for a small laceration to his arm. Deputy Rainwater and Sheriff Moss
investigated the incident and was assisted by Columbia Police Officer Kevin
Atwood.
 
 
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April 18, 2017

Tompkinsville, Ky. (April 18, 2017) On Monday, April 17th at 1:09 PM
CST, Post 15 was notified by the Tompkinsville Police Department of a
deceased man inside a vehicle at a residence on Bradshaw Road in
Tompkinsville.  The victim was identified as 54-year-old William McClendon III
who lived at the residence where found.  McClendon had a pre-existing
medical condition that is believed to have been the cause of his death.  
No foul play is expected.  Detective Kevin Roberts is investigating. 

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Columbia Police arrest  Adair County man on several felonies including
DUI after pursuit. The incident occurred on Saturday night April 15, 2017 
when CPD Ofc. Drew Conn while on Patrol using moving radar , observed a
vehicle traveling west on the parkway between the old and new wal mart
exit at 132 mph .  Ofc Conn activated his emergency equipment and cut the
median to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle continued to accelerate .  
The vehicle exited the parkway at the 46 (Walmart exit) but was traveling to
fast  when he reached the end of the ramp and was unable to make the turn
onto Burksville rd.  The black 2004 Pontiac GTO left the roadway going airborne
and struck the guardrail on the opposite side of roadway.  The operator exited
the vehicle and ran on foot before he was caught by Ofc. Conn.  Arrested and
lodged in Adair County Regional Jail was  26 year old Kenneth Andrus of Adair
County and charged with : Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence 2nd
offense aggravated circumstances    , Operating on a Suspended Drivers License
,Speeding , Reckless Driving , 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree,
Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree motor vehicle , and Fleeing and Evading
Police 1st degree on foot .     Ofc Conn was assisted by Ofc John Dial . Columbia
Police are continuing the investigation and no injuries were reported in the incident .

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Indictments Commonwealth of Kentucky Adair Circuit Court

Daniel Cramer
31 L Hancock Rd.
Columbia, KY 42727
Count 1 Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
Count 2 Assault in the Fourth Degree
Count 3 Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, 1st offense
Count 4 Alchohol Intoxication in a Public Place

Brian Fair
Columbia, KY 42727
Count 1 Theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000
Count 2 Burglary in the First Degree
Count 3 Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, firearm

Anthony Dartt
4329 Snake Creek Rd.
Columbia, KY 42727
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Jennifer Gayde
34 Willies Dr. 
Columbia, KY 42728
Count 1 Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree

Bo James Stancill
2090 Gaddis Ridge Rd. Elkorn, KY
Count 1-4 Forgery, First Degree

Barry Coomer
151 Bridgeport Circle
Columbia, KY 42728
Count 1 Theft by Unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000

Daniel L. Hocevar
Address unknown
Count 1,2,3,4  Theft by Failure to make the required Disposition of
                      property, value over $500
 
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April 17, 2017

Russell Springs, Ky. (April 17, 2017) Tpr. Zack Scott is investigating
a collision that occurred Friday, April 14th at 4:13 PM CST on KY 76,
near the intersection of V Frank Road.  26-year-old Mitchell McCarty,
of Russell Springs, was operating a southbound 2005 Chevy Cobalt
on KY 76, when he dropped off the right side of the roadway,
overcorrected, traveled across the roadway, exited the northbound
side, struck a tree and overturned.

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The regular meeting of the Columbia/Adair County EDA Board will meet
Tuesday, April 18, 8amCT, in the Board room of the Chamber of Commerce,
201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY, with Mark Dykes, chairman, presiding,
with the following attached agenda.
The meeting is open to the public.

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The Adair County Middle School SBDM Council will meet in regular
session on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 3:30 pm at the school located
at 322 General John Adair Drive.  The meeting is open to the public.

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Greensburg, Ky. (April 17, 2017) Tpr. Jonathan Carlock is investigating
a collision that occurred Saturday, April 16th at 5:22 PM CST at 1066
Gabe Perkins Road in Green County.  71-year-old Jimmie McIntosh.
of Greensburg, was operating a 1993 Geo Prizm in a private drive
and backing the vehicle when he struck a 4-year-old juvenile.  The
child was taken to Taylor County Hospital and airlifted to University 
of Kentucky Medical Center, treated for non life threatening injuries
and remains in stable condition.

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Columbia, Ky. (March 26, 2017) Tpr. Scott Curry is investigating
a collision that occurred today at 1:47 AM CST at KY 55 and KY 551
when a northbound 2003 Ford truck struck a guardrail that resulted in
the vehicle catching fire.  It was completely engulfed in flames when
investigators arrived.  
The remains of a lone occupant, the operator, were discovered in the
vehicle after the fire was extinguished. The operator was unable to be
identified due to injuries sustained from the fire.  A positive identification
will be determined prior to the release of the suspected operator's name.
An autopsy is scheduled for later today. 
*********************UPDATE*****************
Columbia, Ky. (April 17, 2017) - The occupant and operator has been
identified as 38-year-old Richard B. Bennett of Columbia, KY.  

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