July 27, 2017

On July 26, 2017 the Adair County Sheriff Office responded to a single vehicle accident in southern Adair County at the intersection of 706 & 768. The incident occurred when 35 year old Justin Wallace of Columbia along with a passenger 35 year old Vanessa Perkins of Russell Springs failed to stop at the intersection. The vehicle left Hwy 768 and crossed Hwy 704 traveling across a field and overturning coming to rest on it's top. Both were treated on scene by Adair County EMS. Deputy Brandon Hitch is investigating the incident and was assisted on scene by Deputy Derek Padgett and Constable Jason Rector.

July 25, 2017

Justice Secretary Tilley Honors Troopers and Officers

At Kentucky State Police Awards Ceremony

KSP announces top Trooper, Detective, CVE Officer and other awards

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2017) Justice Secretary John Tilley joined Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders in recognizing 79 KSP troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers for bravery, life-saving acts, and dedication to duty, at a ceremony held July 21.

“The past few years have been challenging times for law enforcement,” said Sanders. “With attacks on police across the country, it can negatively impact the morale of our officers. So when we have opportunities to recognize our officers for their dedicated service, it reaffirms our support for them and what they do on a daily basis.”

“Those who protect and serve put their lives on the line every day for the safety of our families and communities,” Secretary John Tilley told the gathering of officers, family and friends at the ceremony. “These awards recognize troopers and officers whose actions have demonstrated bravery above and beyond expectations, and for that the Commonwealth is grateful.”

Sr. Trooper James ‘Clint’ Collins, aLexington resident, was named 2016 Trooper of the Year. An eight-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is a member of the agency’s Special Response Team.

Detective Craig A. Miller, a Richmond resident, was named 2016 Detective of the Year. A five-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, he is assigned to the agency’s Electronic Crime Branch. He is the son of the late Bill Miller and Karen Miller of Lexington.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer First Class Michael R. Hamblin, a London resident, was named the 2016 Jason Cammack Officer of the Year for the KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troop. A 10-year CVE veteran, Hamblin is assigned to CVE Region 4 based in London. Hamblin is the son of Roy and Lola Hamblin of London.

July 24, 2017

Adair County Collision


Adair County Sheriff's Office Is investigating a two vehicle collision that occurred on Friday afternoon July, 21, around 9:25pm on KY55/ Campbellsville Road six miles north of Columbia.

17 year old Garret Waggener of Columbia was operating a 2003 Pontiac on Cane Valley Road when he attempted to pull out onto KY55 and pulled into the path of 70 year old Norman Bell of Columbia that was operating a 2013 Nissan.

50 year old Cindy Bradshaw, 26 year old Adrianne Curry,21 year old Marcus Yarberry and 6 year old Bentley Moore all of Columbia was passengers in the Bell vehicle. Cindy Bradshaw had to be extricated from her vehicle by Adair County Fire Department and was flown from the scene to University Of Louisville hospital. Norman Bell, Adrianne Curry, Marcus Yarberry Bentley Moore and Garret Waggener was taken By Adair EMS to TJ Heath of Columbia.

Norman Bell was flown from TJ Heath in Columbia to University Of Louisville Hospital. Adrianne Curry was taken by private means to University of Louisville Hospital.

Deputy Josh Durbin is investigating the Collision and was assisted on the scene by Deputy Joey Keith, Adair County EMS, and Adair County Fire Department

July 17, 2017

Columbia Police Department will be hosting a drug forum at the
Bearwallow United Methodist Church located at 6132 Liberty Rd on
Thursday July 27, 2017 at 6pm .  

   This is our 5th forum Columbia Police have sponsored As we
continue to try and spread awareness of our current drug issues we
face not only as Law Enforcement officers but as a community .  
What are you seeing ? What can you do ? Why are we doing ?
Are just a few of the topics we will discuss along with health related
issues , financial cost to tax payers , rise in theft related incidents ,
rise in violent crime  and the impact of the family among others .

   As we traverse across the city and county we have already received
very helpful information and hope that the participation continues to grow. 
These are your communities that you live and raise your children in . 
Help us to keep them safe and drug free .  We look forward too seeing you.


The Adair County Fiscal Court Budget Committee will be have a meeting
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CT in the basement of the Adair
County Courthouse Annex building, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY.
This meeting is open to the public.

The Adair County Fiscal Court Solid Waste Committee will be have a
meeting Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CT in the basement of
the Adair County Courthouse Annex building, 424 Public Square, Columbia,
KY. This meeting is open to the public.


July 19, 2017

Columbia Police called to investigate death of infant .   
On 07-18-17 at 1:15 pm Columbia Police Department
was dispatched to 19 Hindman street along with Adair
County EMS to a reported unresponsive 6 month old
infant child .  Upon arrival EMS began life resuscitating
efforts and transported the infant  to TJ Health of Columbia . 
Unfortunately the efforts failed and the child was pronounced
deceased by the attending physicians. Adair County Coroner
Todd Akin was notified and he along with Deputy Coroner Tony
Bragg responded .  An autopsy will be performed in the morning
07-19-2017 at the State Medical Examiners office in Louisville KY
with Coroner Akin attending to determine the cause of death . 
CPD Sgt. Gary Roy Is leading the investigation and was assisted
by Sgt Jr Murphy and Chief Jason  Cross.  At this time the case
is an active death investigation until cause of death is determined.


A Russell County man was critically injured in a motorcycle
wreck Sunday evening.

Deputy Ethan Pike’s investigation determined that Kyle Skaggs,
35, of McClendon Ridge Road, Russell Springs, lost control of his
2014 Harley-Davidson, resulting in the motorcycle leaving
McClendon Ridge Road, traveling through a ditch, the striking a
concrete block, ejecting Skaggs.

Skaggs was flown from the scene by Air-Evac to the University 
of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of multiple injuries.

The Russell County EMS & Eli Fire Department also responded to
the accident.


Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office Criminal Press Release

On 7/19/2017 Taylor County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to 
Wall Pike Rd. in reference to a burglary. During the investigation Jeremy
Wilhoit, was found to be in possession of items that were reported stolen
from the above residence. Wilhoit was arrested and charged with Burglary
in the 2nd degree. Wilhoit was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center.

On 07/02/2017 the Taylor County Sheriff's Office received the complaint
someone had broken a window out of a vehicle parked in the parking lot
at Green River Marina and stole two bags from inside the vehicle.
An investigation led to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office seeking a warrant
for Aaron Sanderlyn for breaking into the vehicle and stealing the property. 
Sanderlyn who resides in Lebanon, KY was served with the warrant by the 
Lebanon Police Department on 07/15/2017. He is currently lodged in the
Taylor County Detention Center.