Russell County Man Arrested


A Russell County man was arrested Wednesday afternoon (October 5th) for Criminal Abuse 2nd Degree.

An investigation by Chief Deputy Nick Bertram and officials with Lifeline Home Health resulted in the arrest of Christopher Hare, 39, of Russell Springs.

Hare is accused of withholding prescription pain medication intended for an elderly man in his care and then taking the pain medication himself, on more than one occasion.

Hare was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on the abuse charge.

Ongoing Investigation


October 4, 2016 

An ongoing investigation by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department and Drug Enforcement Administration lead to the arrest Tuesday afternoon of Lindsay Sloan, 31, of Columbia.

Sloan is facing more than 100 counts of Illegally Obtaining & Assisting Others in Illegally Obtaining Controlled Substances over a two-year period while employed by Family Practice Associates of Russell County.

Sloan was taken into custody by Det. Joey Hoover & Deputy Evan Burton of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Over 5,000 Marijuana Plants Located in a Plot in Tompkinsville

Tompkinsville, KY (October 4, 2016)- The Kentucky State Police Cannabis Suppression Branch located a large amount of Marijuana plants by aerial observation just outside the limits of Tompkinsville yesterday in a corn field on Mill Creek Road near the city reservoir. 
The KSP Cannabis Suppression, along with Troopers from KSP Post 15 Columbia, Tompkinsville Police Department, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department worked yesterday and today for over 30 hours to eradicate and destroy a total of 5,624 Marijuana plants.
No arrest has been made at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.  No other information is available for release at this time

Local News: September 29, 2016

Statement from Adair County Fire Chief: Terry Flatt

“The Adair County Volunteer Fire Department is a non-profit organization and has never received any funding from the Adair County Fiscal Court. We operate exclusively on our membership dues that are collected from our property owners on our community/coverage area. We receive a small portion of funding from State Aid to help purchase equipment as well as a small amount from the City of Columbia for the housing of City Fire Equipment.

When we were notified by the bank of discrepancies in our funds due to our past treasurers indiscretions, our department (with the exception of one vote) voted to prosecute this matter to the fullest extent of the law. All documents were then turned over to the Kentucky State Police for a full investigation. The outcome of that investigation was very disappointing as it determined that one of our former firemen had betrayed our trust. The investigation also showed that during the time he was treasurer, he betrayed our trust during our most difficult times as funds were taken on 2 of the 26 occasions while we were mourning the loss of two of our firemen that had died in the line of duty.

During the judicial process, a local businessman testified to “when is enough, enough?” “He has already been punished.” As the Chief of the Adair County Fire Department, I feel it is my responsibility to the people of this county that pay our membership dues, and to the two fallen firemen that were betrayed during that time, to try and recover the full amount of money that was taken. We know what the court has told, but we truly will never know the exact amount of money (cash) that was taken from our department in full. The justice system in this case failed the entire county, and regrettably we don’t feel justice has been served, but must learn to deal with our financial losses.

We have been a pillar organization in emergency services and throughout this community for the past 62 years. This has been a huge embarrassment and disappointment to our department. As a department we are very disappointed in the outcome, but not surprised. We have to have funds to operate as an emergency service provider just as any business has to have funds to operate.

Any business person would expect full restitution to be paid immediately and punishment by law if an employee stole $100,000.00 from their business. As of today September 28, 2016, The Adair County Fire Department has NOT received any restitution. However, The Circuit Court Clerk testified that there was a check at the clerk’s office toward that amount, but has not been released to the fire department.

As a department, extra safety requirements have been put in place to prevent this from ever happening again. I personally want to thank the bank for finding the discrepancy and alerting us of this issue.

As the Chief of this department, I want to reiterate that the fire service provided by our department was never affected and that we will continue to provide the exceptional service to this community despite this incident. We will continue to move forward! Thank You to all of our members for their continued support.

Terry Flatt; Chief, Adair County Fire Department”


Kentucky State Post 15 Columbia is looking for a wanted person.  Corey D. Page (36) of Tompkinsville is wanted for Assault 2nd Degree and Terroristic Threatening 3rd in connection with an Assault that occurred in Monroe County earlier this month.  Please contact Detective Mike Dubree, with the Kentucky State Police at (270) 384-4796 with any information in regards to his whereabouts.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555).  Citizens can call to confidentially report impair 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 capabilities to report criminal behavior.  The app is available for IPhone, IPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple or Google Play stores.  Download the KSP mobile app by searching “KSPOLICE” in the app store and you can also follow along on twitter @KYStatePolice.