LOCAL NEWS

November 2, 2016

Taylor County Sheriff's Office reported a one vehicle accident on October 31, 2016 at 7:35 AM at Stoner Creek Road Jason Ammons, 38 of Turkey Flat Road Columbia was driving a   1999 Honda Shadow Motor Cycle East on Stoner Creek Road. A deer jump out in front of his vehicle cuasing the operator to lay his 1999 Honda cycle down. The motor cycle skidded several feet coming to rest in the grass. Jason Ammons was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Tayor County EMS for treatment for his non life threaten injuries. Rodney Cox is the investigating officer.
------During the month of October 2016, there were 25 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 three fatal collisions during the month of October in the Post 15 area.
 
Emilee A Bowman, 18 years of age of Garrard Co KY was killed on 10/08/16 in Washington Co KY
Macie Drake, 15 years of age of Adair Co KY was killed on 10/28/16 in Adair Co KY
Abby Gail Curry, 15 years of age of Adair Co KY was killed on 10/28/16 in Adair Co KY
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 29 compared with 27 through this same period in 2015.
Statewide fatality count stands at 668 compared with 627 through this same period in 2015.
 
During the month of October 2016, there were 700 citations written, 122 courtesy notices written, 1017 vehicles inspected, 573 complaints answered, 55 motorists assisted, 51 criminal cases opened and 106 criminal arrests made.
 
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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT FOR OCTOBER, 201650     WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED
7     CRIMINAL CASES OPENED
2     CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN
9    DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED
15     NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
8          INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED
21    OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS
30     CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
57     CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED
18    CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED
37     SUBPOENAS SERVED
121.5    HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED
134     VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE
19              ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
3    MOTOR ASSISTS
560           911 CALLS
----The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special called meeting at 5:45 p.m. CT, Thursday, November 3 at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. The purpose of the meeting is to review site development plans for the Franklin Strip Mall to be located at Dohoney Trace.
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The Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department will be having there annual Pancake fry on November 12, 2016.  It will start at 6:00 and run until noon.  Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to the 2017 WHAS Crusade for Children.  The cost is 5.00 for all you care to eat pancakes, sausage, and milk, juice, or coffee.  come on down to the firehouse on Merchant Street and have breakfast with us,  and help a great cause. 

November 1, 2016

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire at 842am on Monday 10-31-2016 at 2731 Russell Springs Road. Homeowners were William and Carolyn Burton. Upon arrival there was heavy fire from rear of house and the fire spread throughout the home causing severe damage. Firemen were on the scene for around 3 hours and were assisted by the Breeding Fire Department and Russell Springs Fire Department.
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Adair County Students Sadley Missed.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:  ABBY CURRY AND MACIE DRAKE, TWO SHINING STARS AT ACHS
 
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County SchoolsThis community lost two bright young ladies Friday when ACHS sophomores Abby Curry and Macie Drake, both 15, passed away in a tragic accident.  As Adair County continues to mourn the untimely loss, friends and educators reflect on their fondest memories of the two girls, and wish to share their recollections with the community, ensuring that their legacy will live on through those that knew them best.
 
Abby G. Curry:  Feb. 5, 2001 – Oct. 28, 2016
 
Quiet, kind, smart, and friendly.  Those are the most common words used to describe Abby Curry.  She was sociable without being loud and popular without making herself the center of attention.  A former cheerleader, her joyful disposition carried over into every aspect of her life and rubbed off on friends and family.
 
“Her smile and laugh, it was one of a kind,” says Courtney Bernard, a close friend of both Curry and Drake.  “It’s hard knowing I won’t see her coming into my third period class just to talk to me for a minute, and not seeing her name come across my phone anymore.”
 
Page Ford, Abby’s cousin and neighbor, and one of Macie’s closest friends, says Abby was one of the most pleasant people she had ever known.  “She was such a happy, spirited person,” Ford says.  “Even people who didn’t know her well know that.”  
 
Her teachers say Curry was a bright, attentive student with a gift for writing.  “Abby was one of the first smiling faces to greet me each morning,” says Victoria Leibeck, Curry’s first period English teacher.  “She was such a sweet, articulate, kind young lady.  She was a good friend to those who knew her best, and although she was often quiet and reserved around me, her personality shone through her writing.”
 
Macie R. Drake:  May 11, 2001 – Oct. 28, 2016
 
Macie Drake never met a stranger.  She had a gift for making friends and great ambitions for her future.  Her loss leaves a void that friends and classmates will struggle to fill.
 
“It’s hard to imagine that I won’t ever get to talk to her or see her again,” Ford says.  “We’ve been friends for a long time and talked every single day.”
 
Drake’s health sciences teacher, Jennifer Carter, says Drake was a popular student whose genial personality was contagious.  “She loved people and was always smiling, always positive,” Carter says.  “She was the kind of girl that got along with everybody.  I never saw her when she wasn’t happy.”
 
Carter shows a paper Drake wrote at the beginning of the school year, in which she writes about her desire to help people – one of her true passions – and her dreams of becoming a dermatologist.  “You can just tell how positive her outlook is by reading it,” Carter says.  “She saw the good in everything.”
 
One of the lines in Macie’s paper stands out among the others.  She wrote it, but it sounds a lot like the descriptions her friends and teacher shared:  “I am a very kind and caring person, a little loud sometimes.  I love helping others and making them happy.”
 
“She was loved by a whole lot of people—they both were,” Ford says.  “I already miss them so

October 29, 2016

– Tpr. Jason Warinner is investigating a collision that occurred on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 4:53 PM CST, at the intersection of KY 206 and Sanders Ridge Road.  15-year-old Macie Drake, of Columbia, was operating a southbound Can-Am UTV on Sanders Ridge Rd. and failed to stop at the intersection of KY 206. The UTV crossed into the path of an eastbound 2004 Ford F-250 operated by 52-year-old Randell Gabehart, of Knifley.  The UTV was struck in the passenger side and both vehicles exited the roadway.  Macie Drake and a passenger in the UTV, 15-year-old Abby Gail Curry, of Columbia, were pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.  A third passenger, 14-year-old Raquel Anyesa, of Columbia, was ejected from the UTV and airlifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she remains in critical condition.Randell Gabehart was transported to TJ Health in Columbia where he was treated and released.  Tpr. Warinner was assisted by the Knifley Fire Dept., Adair County Fire Dept., Sheriff's Dept. and Casey County EMS.  Autopsies are scheduled for later today.------------
Statement issued by Alan Reed, Superintendent From loss for Adair County Students.
-Adair County is a small county and our school system is like one big family.  When one hurts, we all hurt.  Today our  hearts are heavy with grief and concern surrounding the tragedy that occurred Friday evening.
 
We want to extend our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones and friends of Macie Drake and Abby Curry, sophomores at Adair County High School.   We also remain deeply concerned for Raquel Anyega, an eighth-grader at Adair County Middle School, who was seriously injured in the same accident.
 
On behalf of our staff, students, and school community we extend our deepest sympathies to each of these families.  There is nothing worse than a parent losing a child, our school system losing a student or a community having to come terms with losing those so young.  Today our families, our schools, and our communities will all be leaning on each other for support, love and guidance.
 
Last night our school system began implementing our crisis response plan.  District and regional mental health professionals and counselors immediately went into action and began providing grief counseling for our students and faculty.  We ask parents to please monitor how your child is grieving and let us know if you feel that your child needs to speak with someone about this situation.  We will continue to offer these services for an extended period of time to help everybody that has been touched by this tragedy. 
 
Once again our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected.
 
Alan Reed, Superintendent

October 28, 2016

October Adair County Grand Jury Indictments: Roy E Ingram of  118 Davis Street, Campbellsville KY indicited for the following: That on or around August 23rd, 2016 for  Count 1 operating a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration of or avove 0.08 or while under the influence of alcohol or other substance-4th offense--Count 2- Possession of open alcoholic beveraage container in a motor vehicle. Count 3 Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Count 4- Failure to produce insurance card.

Tera S Childers of 30 Alexander Street Columbia KY indicted for the following : Count 1 Wanton Endangerment in the First degree --Count 2 Public intoxication of controlled substance (excludes alcohol) These charges occuring on or abotut August 18, 2016

Tristen L Davis of 903 Russell Road #303 Columbia Ky Indicted for Criminal Abuse in the Second Degree: The Grand Jury charges that on or about the 4th day of May  2016 Tristen L Davis wantonly abused A.K.(dob (11-02-20150   less than twelve years of age by strikng A.K numerous times with his/her hands, and therby caused serious physical injury to and or thereby placed A.K in a situation that may have caused him serious physical injury and orthereby caused torture cruel onfinement or cruel punishment to A..K. against the peace and dignity of the Commonweatlh of Kentucky. Bail set at $7,500.00 Arraignment on November 15, 2016 1 PM

Jacob R King of 903 Russell Road #303 Columbia KY Indicted For Criminal Abuse in Secon Degree The Grand Jury charges that on or about the 4th day of May  2016 Jacob R King wantonly abuse d less tha A.K (dob 11-02-2015) na person less than  twelve years of age by strikng A. K numerous times with his/her hands, and therby caused serious physical injury to and or thereby placed A.K in a situation that may have caused him serious physical injury and orthereby caused torture cruel onfinement or cruel punishment to A..K. against the peace and dignity of the Commonweatlh of Kentucky. Bail set at $7,500.00 Arraignment on November 15, 2016 1 PM

Luis Felis of 351 N Bramlett Street Columbia KY Indicted for Criminal Possession of a Forged instrument 2nd degree. The Grand Jury charges that on or about the 20th day of September, 2016 the above named defendant possessed or uttered a forged check with the knowledge that said check was forged, and with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, drawn on the account of Jimmy H Downey, Columbia in the amount of $145.00

Xavier T Pate of 852 Burkesville Street Columbia Ky indicted for Theft of identity of another without consent. The Grand Jury charges that on or about the 3rd and 4th day of May 2016 and before the finding of the indictment herein in Adair KY Savier Pate knowingly and unlawfully possessed or used any current or former identifying information of Wesley Morris  with the intent to represent that he was the other person for the purpose of depriving the other person of property or for the purpose of obtaining benefits or property to which he would otherwise not be entitled, or for the purpose of avoiding detection, or for the purpose of making financial or credit transactions using the other person's identity or for the purpose of commercial or political benefit, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Janet L Bulington of 6967 Liberty Road Columbia KY indicted for Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (3 Counts)The Grand Jury charges that on or about the 28th day of June 2016 the defendant under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he/she wantonly engaged in cnduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

.Daniel C Burton of 6967 Liberty Road Columbia indited for Thefy by unlawful takinf or disposition, $ or more but less than $10,000.00,. The Grand jury charges that on or ab out the 28th day of June 2016 Daniel Burton acting either alone or in the complicity with another person, knowingly and unlawfully took or exercised control over movable property beonging to another person, with the intent to deprive the owner therof, said property having a value fo $500.00 or more but less than $10,000.00 against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
----Count 2 Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (3 countsT)he Grand Jury charges that on or about the 28th day of June 2016 the defendant under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he/she wantonly engaged in cnduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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On Wednesday, Oct-26-2016 Deputy Aaron Rainwater was dispatched to a theft in progress located on Little Cake Road. Owner of the property told Adair County 911 that he had caught a man with a firearm on his property and to send Law Enforcement. Upon arrival, 31 year old Shane Bottoms of Columbia fled on foot into a wooded area. Bottoms was apprehended a few minutes later and arrested on charges of Criminal Trespass 3rd degree, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd degree, Theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of Controlled substance 1st degree Methamphetamines. Bottoms was lodged in the Adair County Jail on a
$10,000 cash bond. Deputy Rainwater was assisted on scene by Sheriff Harrison Moss, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement.

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Any qualified voter to request an mail out absentee ballot for the November 8th Election the deadline is Tuesday, November 1st, (not later than close of business 7 days before election).  Request and application must be received by this day, KRS117.075;KRS117.085.The process for mail out absentee ballot, requires you to make the request which can be made by telephone, facsimile machine, mail, email, or in person, once the request is made and  deemed that you qualify for the absentee ballot, an application is mailed to you,  (this has to be signed and can be returned by mail or in person).  Applications are mailed out on the date of request.  The deadline of Tuesday, November 1 at the close of business day requires that the request and application be back in house before the close of business day which is 4:00 p.m. CST before an ballot can be issued.Call Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer if you have any questions or need assistance.

October 27, 2016

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a call on Wednesday morning at 7:55 am to 4100 Knifley Road to Billy Rice's Auto Body Shop,  upon arrival the office area was engulfed in fire and spread through out shop area.  The building sustained heavy damage.  There were 12 firemen from Adair County Department and was assisted by Knifley Fire Department.  Personal were on the scene for 2 hours and the cause is under investigation
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KSP Warns Motorists of Increased Deer Activity
 
 – With the changing of fall leaves comes the migration of wildlife, particularly deer. The Kentucky State Police is urging all motorists to be aware of the increased dangers posed by deer wandering onto roadways this fall.
 
"Drivers should be engaged, alert and on the lookout for deer this time of year. Deer mating season leads to higher roaming activity all across the Commonwealth, which leads to more car-deer crashes," says KSP Lt. Michael Webb.
 
In 2015, Kentucky recorded 3,283 vehicle-deer collisions, an increase of 175 crashes compared to 2014 statistics. Three people were killed and 163 injured. Data indicates that the highest percentage of deer crashes occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Kentucky.
 
"A collision with a deer can cause extensive vehicle damage such as a crushed front end or punctured radiator to severe hood, windshield and roof damage," says Webb. "The human costs can be devastating as well."
 
During the past five years, Boone County led the state in deer collisions with an average of 151 per year. Jefferson County averaged 98 crashes followed by Hopkins and Christian counties with 93.
 
To avoid becoming a statistic, KSP offers the following defensive driving tips for motorists to reduce their chances of hitting a deer:
 
•    Be extra cautious in the early morning and evening hours. Deer are most active during these low-light periods when motorists see worst and reaction time is slow.
 
•    Stay alert when driving through a known deer-crossing zone. If you see one deer, look for more. They often travel in herds.
 
•    Drive at a moderate speed, especially on roads bordering woodlands, parklands, golf courses and streams. However, remember that many deer crashes occur on busy highways near cities.
 
•    Use high beam headlights if there is no on-coming traffic. High beams will reflect in the eyes of deer on or near the roadway, providing increased driver reaction time.
 
•    Upon seeing a deer, immediately slow down. Do not swerve – this could confuse the deer about where to run. It could also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car. It is generally safer to hit the deer rather than run off the road or risk injury to other motorists.
 
•    Deer are often unpredictable, especially when faced with blinding headlights, loud horns and fast-moving vehicles. Don't expect them to stay where they are. They can dart in front of you at the last moment, stop in the middle of the road, cross quickly and return to the road or even move toward an approaching vehicle.
 
•    Deer whistles on cars provide little help and blowing the car horn doesn't always solve the problem. Blowing the horn may cause them to move, but not necessarily in the direction you want.
 
•    Never veer from deer. Making sudden sharp turns is dangerous as it could place a driver in the path of on-coming traffic or cause your vehicle to strike a fixed object such as a tree or utility pole.
 
•    Always wear your seat belt. Historically, most people injured or killed in deer/auto collisions were not properly restrained.
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Kentucky State Police Cadet Class 94 to Graduate Friday, Oct. 28
 
 
WHAT: Kentucky State Police Cadet Class 94 Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, October 28, 11:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero St., Frankfort, Ky.
WHO: Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders; Justice Sara W. Combs, Ky. Court of Appeals; KSP Command staff, cadet families and friends.
WHY: Graduation and commissioning ceremony for 39 new Kentucky State Troopers