LOCAL NEWS

Ongoing Investigation

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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

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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
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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”

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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.

September 27

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Donnie Milby age 18 of Morgan Trail of Campbellsville was traveling North on Lone Valley Road. David Hogan was traveling south on Lone Valley Road as Donnie Milby descended a hill his vehicle skidded on the rain slick road. Donnie Milby skidded into the south bound lane and made contact with David Hogan 45 of Marysville Indiana and passenger Yvonne Hogan 45 driving a 2009 Chevy K 1500 pickup. David Hogan & his wife Yvonne were both injured in the accident. Ms Hogan was temporarily trapped in the vehicle. She was extricated form the vehicle by Taylor County Fire and rescue. EMS and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. Yvonne was treated for leg, neck and arm injuries. Donnie was treated for back and neck injuries. Both were later released. Milby was not injured. Officer Dickie Benningfield is the investigating officer.

September 27

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Liberty, Ky. (September 26, 2016) – Tpr. Marvin Blakey is investigating a collision that occurred at 11:26 PM CST, 4 miles east of Liberty on KY 70.  39-year-old Jason Peel, of Nicholasville, was operating a 1986 eastbound Honda motorcycle  when he struck a dog that ran into the roadway, causing him to lose control and the motorcycle to overturn.  Peel was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Casey County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  

A passenger, 43-year-old Rebecca Peel, of Stanton KY , was not wearing a helmet and was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.  Tpr. Blakey was assisted at the scene by Liberty Police Dept., Brush Creek Fire Dept. and the Casey County Sheriff's Dept.