Local News: Sept. 12, 2016

The Russell County Sheriff’s Department unveiled its multi-purpose vehicle this weekend at the Russell County Hospital’s Health Fair and the State Dock’s annual Poker Run. Sheriff Clete McAninch said, “We will utilize this vehicle as needed for meth lab cleanup operations, crime scene processing, safety checkpoints and critical incidents”. The vehicle is a 2006 model Ford ambulance and was purchased from the Russell County EMS. The design and application of the graphics, as well as several pieces of equipment for the vehicle, were paid for with funds provided by the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) and Partners In Prevention (PIP).


The Columbia Police Department investigated a single vehicle collision Saturday Night resulting in Adair County man being injured. On 09-10-16 CPD officers and Adair County EMS responded to a single vehicle injury collision on Fairground street. Preliminary investigation shows that 20 year old Jordan Spoon of Columbia was travelling east when he lost control of his 2009 Chevrolet truck.  The truck left the right shoulder of the roadway struck an earth embankment and overturned .  The collision is being investigated by CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman who was assisted by Ofc. Charles Greer.


A two vehicle collision at approximately 7:45 p.m. Saturday claimed the life of a child and injured two other persons. RCSO Chief Deputy Nick Bertram’s preliminary investigation determined that Jessica G. Warriner, 26, of Jamestown, was operating a 2001 Honda Civic, attempting to cross KY 379 from French Valley Road to Blair School Road, and in doing so, pulled into the path of a 2006 Dodge truck that was southbound on KY 379, driven by James Gray, 49, of Jamestown, resulting in Gray’s truck colliding with the passenger side of the car. Warriner’s daughter, Chloe Fortenberry, 3, was a passenger in the car. All three were transported by Russell County EMS to the Russell County Hospital. Chloe Fortenberry was airlifted to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville where she died early Sunday morning. Jessica Warriner was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital where she is reported to be in stable condition. James Gray was treated at the Russell County Hospital and later released. The investigation is ongoing by Chief Deputy Nick Bertram. Also responding and assisting at the scene were Deputy Ethan Pike, Russell Springs Police Officers Bobby Pritchard & Nathan Bradshaw and members of the Russell Springs Fire Department.


This is official notification that the Regular School Board Meeting that is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2016 has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Adair County Board of Education Conference Room. This meeting is considered a Special Regular School Board Meeting due to the change in date.  The public is invited to attend. 


Local News: August 31, 2016

A family recently lost everything in a house fire. They had young children--an 18 month old girl and two 8-year old twin boys. The contact person helping this family is asking for clothes and toys for the kids. Call 270-250-2665 if you have any children's clothes and toys to donate. 

Five Adair County High School juniors recently took home a first place award at the Kentucky State Fair for their incredible restoration of a 1947 Farmall tractor.
Sam Baker, Mason Carter, Preston Cundiff, Dylan Hancock, and Matthew McCarol began work on the project almost a year ago, and continued their efforts even during summer break, finally finishing the job in July. 
The young men won first place honors in the best Agriculture Mechanics Exhibit at the fair. 
Tpr. Adam Likins is investigating a collision that occurred Sunday, August 28th at approximately 3:45 CST 4 miles south of Liberty on KY 837. 67-year-old Tommy Valdez, of Bethelridge, KY was operating a northbound 1995 Ford pickup when he lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree. Valdez was airlifted to UK Medical Center. The cause of the condition is still under investigation.
The Adair County ABC currently has these three pending license applications:
--Coomer's Trading Post on Fairplay Road has applied for an NQ Malt Beverage License with the NQ-4 add on license
--Breeding County Mart on Burkesville Road has applied for an NQ Malt Beverage License
--Ridge Runner Liquors on rattler Curry Road has applied for Quota Retail Package License and NQ Retail Malt Beverage License.
NQ Malt Beverage Licenses are simply for the sale of malt beverage by the package. NQ-4 allows the sale of malt beverage by the drink. A Quota Retail Package License is for the sale of wine and spirits by the package. 
Licenses marked as NQ are considered Non-Quota -- there is essentially no limit to the number of license issued. NQ Malt Beverage Licenses are typically for gas stations, grocery or county store.
Th deadline to apply for first consideration of Quota Retail Package License was last Friday, August 26th.
The Adair County ABC office urges those interested in applying fore Quota Retail Package License to get their applications submitted as soon as possible. 
(By Shannon Sexton, Deputy Adair ABC Commissioner)
Crews are nearing completion of the Heartland Parkway (KY 55) project in Adair County. 
The $6.99 million project includes 2+1 passing lanes from the Columbia Bypass (mile point 15) to the Adair/Taylor County line (mile point 22). A 2+1 road design has a continuous three-lane cross section with alternating passing lanes.
On Thursday, crews will begin to remove barrels, which will open the alternating passing lanes. Motorist are reminded to pay close attention to signage and roadway stripping to distinguish which direction has the right of way for passing .Date is subject to change to due inclement weather or unforeseeable delays.
Gaddie Shamrock LLC is the prime contractor the $7 million project.
Taylor County Sheriffs Office's is investigating the one-unit automobile accident occurring on August 29, 2016. Dannie Cox was traveling west on Stoner Creek Road, crossed over the east bound lane, left the roadway and traveled down the ditch line. At some point, Mr. Cox was ejected from the vehicle. He was treated at the scene by Taylor County EMS and transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for additional treatment for possible back and neck injuries. He was later released. 


Local News: August 29, 2016

Russell County Coroner's Office and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are conducting an investigation into the death of a 64 year old man which occurred at the Lake Cumberland State Dock, Jamestown, KY. The name is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. He was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained when falling in the water and striking an operating boat propeller on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:27 PM CST by Russell County Coroner, Michael Reynolds. An autopsy is scheduled to be completed at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort, KY. Russell County EMS, Kentucky State Police, and Jamestown Fire Department assisted at the scene. Both agencies are still conducting a joint investigation. Further information will be provided at a later date. 

Just before 10:00 p.m. Friday (August 26) members of the Russell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police and Russell County EMS responded to a reported shooting at 595 Little Clifty Road, approximately 3 miles west of Russell Springs. 
Upon arrival of first-responders, the body of Montie Hale Pendleton, 66, of Dunnville, was laying in the driveway. Montie Pendleton had been shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Coots. 
The victim's son, Eric Wayne Pendleton, 39, of Russell Springs, was arrested for murder and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 
An autopsy will be preformed on the body of Montie Pendleton at the state medical examiner;s office in Frankfort.
The investigation is continuing by the Russell County Coroner's office, Russell County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police. 
Students in the Adair County School system will be let out early every Friday, at 1 p.m., starting next week and continuing through April. 
Early release Fridays provide teachers--who will stay at school until 3 p.m.--with an opportunity to plan, work on their curriculum, collaborate with other teachers, and implement new educational strategies based on data. Students may stay at school if they wish, but bus transportation will not be provided after 1 p.m.
"If students are having difficulty in a subject or just need to catch up on some work, they can stay and use that time if they want to or if their parents want the to," Director of Pupil Personnel Robbie Harmon says. "Parents in that situation should contact their student's school for more details."
A two vehicle, head-on collision Friday morning sent two persons to area hospital.
Deputy Evan Burton's preliminary investigation determined that a 2006 Ford Escape operated by Robin Doss, 41, of Russell Springs, was on the wrong side of the roadway and struck head-on a 1998 Chevrolet truck being operated by Jarrod Hadley, 29, of Jamestown. 
The wreck occurred at 7:30 a.m. on Wooldridge School Rd., about four miles south of Jamestown. 
Deputy Burton located Doss in a nearby wooded area after she attempted to flee the accident scene. 
Doss was transported by Russell County EMS to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset for treatment of a fractured ankle and other possible injuries.
Hadley was taken by private vehicle to the Russell County Hospital for examination and treatment.
Deputy Burton's investigation is continuing. Criminal charges against Doss are forthcoming. 
Taylor County Sheriff Department investigated a one vehicle accident, about a mile down Cave Road off HWY 289. A black GMC pickup, driven by Ronald Curry, 24, of Campbellsville was traveling West bound on Cave Road when he lost control and failed to negotiate a curve, resulting in him leaving the roadway and striking a tree. Curry was entrapped and removed from the vehicle by EMS. He was drove to a near by location and Airlifted out with head, chest, and leg injuries. His status is unknown at this time. Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in the accident. 
Taylor County Sheriff Department investigated a one vehicle accident, which occurred on Stoner Creek Road. As the  vehicle rounded a curve, the Stewart reported the steering assembly malfunctioned. Stewart crossed over the east bound lane, made contact with a guard rail and overturned. Stewart was treated at the scene by Taylor County EMS and was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for additional treatment for possible head and neck injuries. Her condition is unknown at this time. 


Local News: August 23, 2016


Police are looking for a man who robbed a Campbellsville bank on Friday.

The Campbellsville Police Department responded to a reported robbery at the Forcht Bank at 1405 E Broadway. The suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money before police arrived.

The suspect is described as a black male between 5-foot-6 and 5-10 with a slim build who was wearing a blue cap, blue shirt, dark jeans, dark sunglasses and a yellow reflective vest.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the CPD at 270-465-4121.




A Wayne County Deputy Jailer was arrested after deputies say he tried to help an inmate smuggle drugs into the jail. 

32-year-old Dewey Burks is charged with Promoting Contraband, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and Official Misconduct. 

Sheriff's deputies say that inmate Charles Doan asked a friend to bring pills to the jail and give them to Deputy Jailer Burks.

Investigators say that they waited for Doan's friend to come to the jail and then they charged Burks and Doan. 




Police arrested a Somerset man for breaking into an unoccupied home Saturday.

Officers recieved a call saying that 26-year-old Jonathan S. Whitaker was entering the back door of an unoccupied home. 

Officers arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter to the situation continued until more officers arrived.

They say that with the help of Pulaski County Sheriff and Constable Units, officers deployed pepper spray into the attic where Whitaker was believed to be hiding. They say Whitaker eventually moved around in the attic and slipped through the ceiling. Officers pulled him down to safety. 

During the investigation, officers say they determined he had just been released from the Pulaski County Detention Center about an hour before breaking into this home. He was in there for an unrelated charge of criminal trespass third degree. 

Whitaker was also charged with burglary second degree, thefy by unlawful taking under $300 and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. 




Adair County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready community. The announcement was made Friday, August 19, 2016 by Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner. 

The Work Ready Communities certification program assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff exisiting jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require. 


Currently, 44 counties have been designated as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress because they are close to meeting the Kentucky Work Ready Community criteria. To achieve this level, a county must present a viable plan to meet all of the criteria within three years. The designation shows that a community is making strides and working with its business, education, workforce, and economic development leaders to set and meet common goals that will give the county an economic edge. 




A Michigan man has been arrested in connection with possible heroin overdoses in the Campbellsville area.

On Wednesday, August 17th Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement (Special Investigatios West Branch) arrested 21-year-old Kewyone Roland of Detroit, Michigan for Trafficking In a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense greater than 2 grams of heroin and for possession of marijuana. This arrest follows an investigation into possible heroin overdoses in the Campbellsville area this past week. The investigation continues and more arrests are expected. Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police Special Operations K9, and KSP Post 15 assisted.



Citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling KSP toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens can call to confidentially report impaired 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 capabilites to report criminal behavior. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores. 




Anyone looking to start a new career in a high-paying, in-demand field is encouraged to register for Advanced Manufacturing Production Mig Welding class at Adair County High School. Running from Oct. 10 through Dec. 11, the evening class offers industry certification and five college credit hours for students that pass the course.

The course, which will be taught by instructors form Somerset Community College, costs $900 to register, and students are required to furnish their own helment, gloves, welding jacket, work boots, and safety glasses. The cost should not be considered an impediment, however.

"The Lake Cumberland Area Development District has money to help with equipment and tution", according to Supt. Alan Reed. While the school district receives no direct profit or benefit from the program, Reed says the opportunity to provide a needed community service is too good to pass up. 

Reed says that the course is one of the best and easiest ways to obtain a great job in a short amount of time, especially considering the close ties the instructors have to local businesses.

The paperwork has also been simplified. Interested parties do not even have to apply directly to Somerset Communtiy College, but can instead fill out a simple one-page application to get started. 12 to 14 open spots are available, but not a lot of interest has been shown. 

Classes run Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m. for nine weeks, starting Oct. 10, for 120 total instruction hours. To register and/or pay for the course, contact Valerie Hogan. 

Local News: August 22, 2016


An appeal against a ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by Chris Coomer and others against the Adair County Board of Elections was not filed in time to meet filing guidlines. 

The original suit, filed by Coomer and three other Adair County residents, claimed the Wet/Dry Election was held too close to the Republican Cacus. Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance dismissed the lawsuit on July 14, 2016.

Coomer's attorney, David Nunery, filed an appeal on Augst 11, 2016--28 days after the case dismissal.

Kentucky statute requires strict guidlines that must be accomplished wihtin 10 days after entry of the judgemnt:
1. The notice of appeal must be filed
2. A supersedeas bond executed
3. The Circuit Court record filed in the filed in the Court of Appeals

Failure to comply with the statute requires dismissal.

Coomer's attorney did not file notice of appeal within the 10 day time frame and the record has not been received by the Circuit Court Clerk. Furthermore, the Court is not aware of whether a supersedeas bond has or has not been filed within the 10 day time frame.

The appellants must show cause by August 28, 2016 as to why the appeal should not be dismissed due to failure to comply with the statute. If not, the case will be dismissed.




32 year old Margarito Segura of Campbellsville was traveling on Meadow Creek Rd. Segura dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway and over corrected causing the 1955 GMC SUV to cross both lanes of travel and strike a tree head on. Segura was transported by CTCEMS to Taylor Regional Hospital with a possible broken leg. Deputy Branden Wilson was on scene. 



On August 19th, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a 2-vehicle auto accident at the intersection of KY 55 S and HWY 704. 

21 year old Sierra Miller of Columbia was operating a 1996 Toyota Camry traveling North on HWY 704 and failed to stop at a stop sign, traveling onto HWY 55 S striking another vehicle operated by 26 year old Jessica Murphy of Columbia.

4 passengers were in the Murphy vehicle: Derrick, Kevin, Tyler, and Seth Murphy all of Columbia. All subjects involved were treated on the scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Hospital for injuries sustained. 

Deputy Hitch is the investigating Officer. He was assisted on the scene by Columbia Police Department officers and other Emergency personnel.



The 2016 Mark Twain Pre-Season Exhibition, hosted by the ACHS marching band, will be held this Saturday, August 27 at Indian Field. Gate admission is $8.00 with a total of 18 bands scheduled to perform.