LOCAL NEWS

March 3, 2017

Columbia, Ky. (March 2, 2017) – 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.

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On 03-02-17 Columbia Police Department Officer
Kevin Atwood  who is assigned as the School Resource
Officer  was notified by school officials around 3pm that
graffiti had been found in the girls bathroom at the high
school.  The graffiti was threatening in nature toward the 
other students . Officer Atwood along with Director of
Pupil Personel Robbie Harmon and other school officials
immediately began investigating the incident . 

 At 09:44 pm last night the same date Ofc Atwood took
a 14 year old female juvenile into custody and delivered
her to the Court Designated Worker at the Adair  Judicial
Center on charges of Felony Terroristic Threatening
2nd Degree , Disorderly Conduct 1 st Degree and Criminal
Mischief 3rd Degree .  The student will also face
consequence's for her actions from the school system itself
in addition to the criminal charges . As to exactly what those
are we would refer those questions to the Board of Education.
  The investigation is being continued by the CPD Officer
Kevin Atwood SRO. There are no other suspects at this time.
We are thankful for the complete cooperation from the school
which resulted in this incident quickly being resolved .
   Columbia Police Department and the Adair County School
system will always take every step necessary to ensure the
safety of our students .

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The regular monthly meeting for the Columbia City Council
has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 9th 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

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Announcement about yesterday's incident at ACHS:
School officials were made aware Thursday afternoon, March 2,
of some graffiti and threatening messages on a girls’ restroom
wall at Adair County High School. The graffiti contained a threat
and satanic references. Considering the severe wording in the
graffiti, school staff and School Resource Ofc. Kevin Atwood began
a full investigation into the incident.
Through interviewing students and watching recorded video
footage, Ofc. Atwood and school administrators were able to
identify the student responsible for the graffiti, a 14-year-old
female.  , Ofc. Atwood took the student into custody at
approximately 10 p.m. Thursday night.
A School Messenger call was made by interim Supt. Dr. Pam
Stephens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night to inform students and
parents that administrators were aware of the situation and it
was being investigated. Following the late night developments,
Dr. Stephens waited until this morning to send out another
School Messenger call. The message was sent to let students
and parents know that there had been a resolution to the incident.
“Student and staff safety is our top priority and we always take
incidents of this nature extremely serious,” says Dr. Stephens.
 “With all the facts of the matter coming to light, the student
who has been identified responsible will be held accountable
based on our Board of Education Discipline Code.”
“We want to thank the students and staff as well as Ofc. Kevin
Atwood and the Columbia City Police Dept. for the quick response
and assistance during the investigation,” adds Director of Pupil
Personnel Robbie Harmon.  “Without student cooperation and the
help of several parents we would not have been able to resolve
this issue in such a timely manner.”
Through the spread of the pictures on social media, there were
many rumors floating around about the incident, but please rest
assured that all information is being taken seriously and will be
investigated in the coming days.

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March 2, 2017

Liberty, Ky. (March 1, 2017) – 21-year-old Marcus A.
Bryant, of Liberty, was arrested today at 3:00 AM EST on
Neff Road in Casey County and charged with Assault 1st
Degree.  The arrest was the result of an investigation into
a shooting that occurred on Tuesday, February 28th at
approximately 8:30 PM EST, where Bryant and 21-year-old
Hunter Gillock, of Liberty, had been involved in an altercation.  
 
Gillock sustained a single gunshot wound and was flown to
University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington where he remains
in stable condition.  Bryant was lodged in the Casey County jail.
The investigation is ongoing.  

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – A couple originally from
Montpelier, OH were taken into custody around 11:00 a.m.
for being fugitives from justice.

Robert Dean Mitchell, 43, and Stephanie M. Smith, 30,
were arrested without incident at Midtown Apartments on
U.S. 127 in Russell Springs.

Both were wanted for absconding from felony probation
on previous drug charges in Williams County, OH.

They were processed and lodged in the Russell County
Detention Center awaiting extradition proceedings in
Russell District Court.

The arrests were made by Sheriff Clete McAninch,
Det. Joey Hoover, KSP Trooper Martin Wesley & KSP Trooper
Mark Combs.

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SOMERSET, Ky. (Mar. 1, 2017) – Motorists traveling
on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County will soon notice
the familiar orange barrels that mark the start of
construction season.
The $31 million project, set to begin on March 12, will
widen the section of I-75 at mile points 64.5 to 69 in
both directions from four lanes to six lanes.
Crews will begin milling and laying asphalt on the outside
shoulders in both directions. Traffic will be shifted to the
two outside lanes once the shoulders have been paved.
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout the project.
In some instances, the project will require that traffic be
reduced to one lane – limited to nighttime work only.
Speed limits in the work zone will be reduced from 70 to 55 mph.
The project also includes the replacement of two overpasses
at KY 3275 and KY 1505. Through traffic on KY 3275 will be
prohibited during the construction of the new overpass. A
signed detour for KY 3275 will be posted when construction
begins. The construction of the new KY 1505 overpass will
transpire next to the current overpass, resulting in a minimal
impact to traffic. Both structures are scheduled for construction
later this year.
L-M Asphalt Partners LTC., d/b/a ATS Construction, of Lexington
was awarded the $31 million contract. The anticipated completion
for the project is October 2018.   
The starting date and duration of work may be adjusted for
inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Motorists
can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov
or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the
Waze mobile application.
Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.   

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This is a reminder that Adair County Emergency Management
will participate in the Statewide Tornado Safety Drill Friday,
March 3rd, 2017 at 9:07AM CST.  The warning sirens will be
activated.  
We urge your to participate yourself, with your families and
your business.  
We urge you to establish a tornado plan and use this drill
tomorrow to practice the plan. 
The following are tips from the National Weather Service on
what to do during a tornado.
§  Stay Weather-Ready: Continue to listen to local news or
a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about tornado watches
and warnings.
§  At Your House: If you are in a tornado warning, go to your
basement, safe room, or an interior room away from windows.
Don't forget pets if time allows.
§  At Your Workplace or School: Follow your tornado drill and
proceed to your tornado shelter location quickly and calmly. Stay
away from windows and do not go to large open rooms such as
cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.
§  Outside: Seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately if
a tornado is approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe.
§  In a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe.
The best course of action is to drive to the closest shelter. If you are
unable to make it to a safe shelter, either get down in your car and
cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low lying
area such as a ditch or ravine.
 
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On 2/19/2017 the Taylor Co. Sheriffs Office received the
complaint several blank personal checks were stolen from
an individual who resides in Taylor Co. After an investigation
it was found Jamia Murley, 100 Clara Ln. Campbellsville had
forged her name and cashed several of the checks. An arrest
was requested and received for Murley. On 3/2/17 Murley was
arrested on the warrant by the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office. She
was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. Additional 
Charges are possible as more forged and cashed checks are 
located. 
 
 

 

March 1, 2017

Interstate 75 widening project in Rockcastle County to begin March 12
                                                                                                                   
SOMERSET, Ky. (Mar. 1, 2017) – Motorists traveling on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County will soon notice the familiar orange barrels that mark the start of construction season.

The $31 million project, set to begin on March 12, will widen the section of I-75 at mile points 64.5 to 69 in both directions from four lanes to six lanes.

Crews will begin milling and laying asphalt on the outside shoulders in both directions. Traffic will be shifted to the two outside lanes once the shoulders have been paved. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout the project. In some instances, the project will require that traffic be reduced to one lane – limited to nighttime work only.

Speed limits in the work zone will be reduced from 70 to 55 mph.

The project also includes the replacement of two overpasses at KY 3275 and KY 1505. Through traffic on KY 3275 will be prohibited during the construction of the new overpass. A signed detour for KY 3275 will be posted when construction begins. The construction of the new KY 1505 overpass will transpire next to the current overpass, resulting in a minimal impact to traffic. Both structures are scheduled for construction later this year.

L-M Asphalt Partners LTC., d/b/a ATS Construction, of Lexington was awarded the $31 million contract. The anticipated completion for the project is October 2018.   

The starting date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.

Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  


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On 02/27/2017 Deputy Josh Durbin of the Adair County Sheriff's office arrested a 21 year old Jessica Melson for drug charges after receiving a call of a intoxicated woman being the wheel of a vehicle at the Road Side park off of south 55. Miss Melson was found to be in procession of meth and marijuana. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and license to be in possession. Deputy Durbin was assisted on the scene by officers dean and SGT Jr Murphy with the Columbia police department.

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From the office ofRussell County Sheriff Clete McAninch

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – A couple originally from Montpelier, OH were taken into custody around 11:00 a.m. for being fugitives from justice.
Robert Dean Mitchell, 43, and Stephanie M. Smith, 30, were arrested without incident at Midtown Apartments on U.S. 127 in Russell Springs.
Both were wanted for absconding from felony probation on previous drug charges in Williams County, OH.
They were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center awaiting extradition proceedings in Russell District Court.
The arrests were made by Sheriff Clete McAninch, Det. Joey Hoover, KSP Trooper Martin Wesley & KSP Trooper Mark Combs.

Feb. 28, 2017

On 02-25-17 at 12:08 a.m .
Columbia Police Department Officer's Drew
Conn and Josh Brockman along
with Deputy Justin Cross was dispatched to
Parkway Manor Lane just off North Bramlett
street . Adair County 911 had received a
report of a possible altercation that had took
place resulting in 1 male being stabbed. Upon
arrival officers located the victim and checked
the immediate  area for the perpetrator but it
was found they had fled.
Once the scene was secured and reasonable
safe Adair County Ems arrived on scene to treat
the patient .  The patient was transported to
TJ Health of Columbia. During the investigation
it was found that the perpetrators had forced
their way into the victims home . Once inside
they began to assault him and robbed him of
his wallet, money, and cell phone .  Officers
developed some suspects and several hrs
later was able to obtain warrants for their
arrest .  Officers searched several locations
throughout the early morning hrs and
throughout the day as it progressed but
was unable to locate the suspects.
 At or around
8:30pm that night officers were able to track
them down to hotel in the limits of
Campbellsville KY.  CPD Officers Drew Conn and
Josh Brockman travelled to Taylor County where 
they met with several Campbellsville Police
Officers and briefed them on the background of the
case and the possible location of the suspects
in their jurisdiction.  Officers from both a
gency's converged on the hotel and was able
to identify the room they was in  however they
refused to comply with officers to open door.
Officers eventually gained access to the room
and three suspects was arrested and
transported by Columbia Police back to
Adair County and Lodged in jail . Arrested was


 1- Author Badillo age 22 of Columbia on
charges of Burglary 2nd Degree, Assault
2nd Degree and Robbery 1st Degree.


2 - Jose Milino age 24 of Columbia on
charges of Burglary 2nd Degree ,
Assault 2nd Degree, and Robbery 1st
Degree and Promoting Contraband 1st
degree.


3- Jennifer Gayde age 32 of Columbia on
Charges of Burglary 2nd Degree , Assault
2nd Degree , and Robbery 1st Degree .


 All three are lodged with bond set at
100,000 dollars . As of this press release
the victim who is unnamed at this time
was released from the hospital but will
undergo additional medical treatment for
Facial Fractures and a puncture wound
to his right side. The case is being
nvestigated by Officer Drew Conn assisted by
Officer Josh Brockman . At this time Officers
believe that the case is drug related in its
origin.

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 Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephen’s
Office would like to inform the community
that the Adair County Annex Building Basement
will be open tonight for advance sheltering in
anticipation of severe weather expected tonight
through Wednesday morning. Emergency Management
Director Mike Keltner asked that individuals
keep an eye on the weather and in the instance
of severe weather, urge citizens that do not have
adequate shelter to take advantage of the
building prior to the event.

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NHS AND BETA SHOW APPRECIATION FOR |
TEACHERS
ACHS students serve lunch at annual event
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
Adair County High School students in
National Honor Society and Beta Club
hosted an appreciation luncheon for
teachers at the school Tuesday. 
According to the clubs’ members, the
annual event serves as an opportunity
to give something back to the educators
who mentor and inspire them on a daily
basis.
“Our teachers do so much for us so we
want to be able to do something for them,”
says junior Jennifer Caldwell, who serves
as the clubs’ secretary and treasurer. 
“They put up with us every single day so
it’s nice to return the favor.”
The clubs used their own funds to purchase
most of the food for the meal, and the
students brought in drinks, side dishes, and
homemade desserts to complete the
impressive spread. 
Dawn Baker and Sheila Willis serve as joint
sponsors of the two clubs, which require
members to maintain high grade point
averages, provide services to the community,
and exhibit exemplary behavior.  “They did
an outstanding job with the lunch,” Willis says. 
“These are great kids and I am really proud of
them.”

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Feb. 24, 2017

Tractors:  Preston Cundiff, left, and Sam Baker, both juniors
at Adair County High School, celebrated FFA Week’s Tractor
Day Thursday by driving their tractors to school.
Creed:  The Creed Contest winner at Thursday night’s
Greenhand Ceremony was Emily Farmer (center).  She’s
pictured with FFA Jr. Vice President Abby Dykes and FFA
President Savannah Roy.
Quiz:  The Quiz Contest winner Thursday at the annual FFA
Greenhand Ceremony was Ty Cheatham, second from right.
  He’s pictured with Kentucky FFA Secretary Gracie Furnish,
FFA President Savannah Roy, and Jr. FFA President Kyron
Burton.
Freshmen:  Four freshmen FFA members at ACHS have
taken two college courses through Western Kentucky
University this school year for six credit hours.  Pictured
are, from left:  Maddie Harmon, Ty Cheatham, FFA advisor
and agriculture teacher Randy Rexroat, Kiley Feese,
and Elizabeth Rexroat.

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BORN LEARNING ACADEMY HONORS GRADUATES
Local parents receive recognition for completing
educational workshops
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
More than a dozen local families were recognized at
Adair County Primary Center Thursday night, Feb. 23, 2017
for their completion of the Born Learning Academy, a
series of six workshops for parents of children not yet
enrolled in school.  The goal of the academy is to show
parents how to turn everyday moments into learning|
opportunities. 
“Children do not come with instructions,” explains
Dr. Pamela Stephens, Adair County’s interim superintendent,
who handed out diplomas at the program.  “New parents can
learn these parenting skills that are easy and accessible
but also very effective.”
Thursday’s program was the sixth and final installment
of the 2016-2017 school year, and featured a meal, workshop,
short lecture, activities for children, and the presentation
of diplomas.  Parents who attended said they learned valuable
information to help prepare their children for future school success.
“The parents have shown a genuine interest in getting their
child ready for school,” says ACPC Family Resource Center
coordinator Paula Garrison.  “They are to be commended
for their dedication to attending these sessions.” 
The program was brought to Adair County through funding
from the United Way Born Learning Academy driven by Toyota,
and is supported by the Adair County School District, Adair
Family Resource Centers, and the Adair County Early Childhood
Council. 
Garrison wishes to thank the many community supporters
who helped make the very first Born Learning Academy at
ACPC a success.  Contributing organizations included
Columbia United Methodist Church, Central Church of Christ,
Trinity United Methodist Church, Columbia Church of Christ,
Old Concord United Methodist Church, and Columbia Baptist
Church, Little Lambs, volunteers from Lindsey Wilson College, 
the Adair County Public Library, the Adair County Cooperative
Extension Office, the Health Dept. H.A.N.D.S. program, and
ACPC staff.

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Columbia Police Department will be hosting a town hall style
forum on the growing drug trafficking and addiction problems
facing our community .

The department has been in talks of holding these events for
several months.  We have had several request from citizens of
the City of Columbia as well as request from many communities
out in the county to initiate these meetings in a hope to form a
more unified front to meet this challenge.  As recently  as last
week we heard a request for a forum from our local economic
development board . The board indicating that this is or could
become a issue in industry recruitment which is vital to our
area as we strive to make positive progress in growth.

With these request in mind CPD Chief Cross would like to
announce that we will be hosting our first meeting on Tuesday
March 7, 2017 at City Hall located at 116 Campbellsville street .
The time will be 6pm cst
  
The purpose of this forum will be to discuss the issues the Law
Enforcement community faces, economic impact , health impact,
safety issues , rise in secondary crime resulting from drug use
such as theft, and problems we may expect to face in the future . 
Most of all though we want to hear from you . What are you seeing
in your communities . What ideals you may have . How you can help .
Or maybe you just have some questions that we may be able to
help clear up . 
This forum will be the first of several . We have plans to conduct
additional meetings out in our communities at a later date. For now
we are going to start with these organizations and churches who
have graciously pledged their facilities for these meetings in their
communities including :
Breeding Fire Department (Chief Terry Harvey)
Knifley Fire Department. (Chief C. R. Drake)
Living by Faith Church (Pastor Bobby Withers )
Bethany Baptist Church (Pastor Jimmy Dale Cox )
 
 We hope these meetings will be successful and we will add
additional locations and dates at a later date .  Please come
out and join us Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 6pm .

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