Dec. 1 Injury accident

COLUMBIA, Ky. (December 1, 2016) Trooper
Chase Willis is investigating a collision that
occurred on December 1, 2016 at 4:10 PM
EDT at the intersection of KY 206 and KY 70
in Casey County.  62-year-old Pamela S
Howard, of Greensburg, was operating a
westbound 2016 GMC SUV on KY 70 when
she attempted a left hand turn onto KY 70.
She turned into the path of a 2001 Ford Van
being operated by 36-year-old Jonathan D
Brown, of Liberty. Brown was traveling East
on KY 70 and was struck in the driver’s side.
Howard was belted and was not injured.  Brown
was belted and was flown from the scene to
the University of Kentucky Hospital for
treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Trooper Willis was assisted at the scene by additional 
members of the Kentucky State Police, Casey County
Sheriff’s Department, Fire, EMS and Rescue.


December 1, 2016

Human remains found on November 28th in Bath
County on US 60 East, off of I-64 at the 123 mile
marker, have been identified as 35-year-old Crystal J.
Warner. 52-year-old Craig Pennington, of Springfield,
was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Murder on
July 8, 2016 in connection to the disappearance of
Warner and her 38-year-old boyfriend, Robert K. Jones,
whose remains were found off KY Highway 60 and
Goshen Road near Winchester, KY on Friday, August 5th,
2016. The Medical Examiner's office confirmed the identity
through dental records.  Pennington remains lodged in the
Marion County Jail awaiting trial.  


During the month of November 2016, there were 21 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 was one fatal collision during
the month of November in the Post 15 area.Wilma T. Melton,
65 years of age of Clinton Co KY was killed on 11/05/16 in
Clinton Co KY.This brings our yearly fatality count to 31
compared with 30 through this same period in 2015.

Statewide fatality count stands at 736 compared with 687
through this same period in 2015.During the month of
November 2016, there were 843 citations written, 142
courtesy notices written, 1017 vehicles inspected, 632
complaints answered, 81 motorists assisted, 38 criminal
cases opened and 143 criminal arrests made.


Kentucky State Police, Post 15 will be conducting safety
traffic checkpoints in the Post 15 area which includes
Washington, Marion, Taylor, Green, Casey, Russell, Adair,
Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton and Cumberland.  Troopers will
be checking for impaired drivers, children that are not
properly restrained in child safety seats and informing
the public about the use of seatbelts.  These safety
checkpoints will be conducted in various locations
throughout the Post 15 area that are experiencing a high
ratio of vehicular crashes resulting in injury and/or death
compared to relatively low safety restraint usage ratio.



Nov. 30 Theft investigation

An investigation by Lt. David Cain of the Russell
County Sheriff’s Department led to the recovery
of several thousand dollars worth of stolen tools
and one arrest.

The tools were stolen late Tuesday night or early
Wednesday morning after thieves cut the lock from
a trailer belonging to Jackie Mann Construction
stationed at a job site at Davis Gate on U.S. 127,
about five miles north of Russell Springs. The theft
was discovered when Mann & employees arrived for
work Wednesday morning.

Acting on information received which included a
vehicle description, Lt. David Cain and Det. Joey
Hoover located the Dodge pickup truck just after
10:30 a.m. Wednesday at a residence on Dabney
Lane in Jamestown with nearly all the stolen tools
& equipment in the truck.

James Janson Turner, 23, of Jamestown, was arrested
and charged with Receiving Stolen Property Over
$10,000 in value. Turner was processed and lodged
in the Russell County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing. Additional arrests and
charges are possible.

Photo caption: Lt. David Cain and owner Jackie Mann
itemizing and inspecting the stolen tools & equipment.




November 30, 2016 Single vehicle accident

One person injured as a result of a single
vehicle accident 2.5 miles north of Columbia
on Greensburg Road. According to a witness,
a 2004 Ford Explorer being operated by Judy
Richards of Columbia was traveling north on
Greensburg Road when she lost control of her
vehicle and overturned numerous times.
Richards was trapped in the vehicle for several
minutes and was extricated by Sheriff Harrison
Moss. Richards was treated on scene by Adair
County EMS and transported to T J of Columbia
for further treatment. Impaired driving is believed
to be a factor and Richards was charged with
operating a motor vehicle under the influence of
alcohol/drugs 1st offense and failure to maintain
vehicle insurance.

Deputy Aaron Rainwater is investigating the collision.



November 29, 2016 Veterans

All veterans are invited to join VFW Post 6097
at 411 Fairground St Columbia for a pancake
and sausage breakfast on Saturday 03 Dec from
0700-0900 Hrs. This breakfast is free to ALL
VETERANS, and is for veterans ONLY. We use this
as a place for veterans to come together and visit
and be able to talk with other veterans, sometimes
about things we will only talk about with another
Feel free to join us and stay as long as you want,
but if you just have time to grab a pancake and
sausage that is fine too. Again there is no charges,
no donation box, no pressure to join the VFW or any
other strings. We offer this as a time of fellowship for
veterans to come together with the opportunity to talk
about any thing you like or just visit with friends of like
Please remember this is veterans only, no spouses,
children or other visitors.