December 13, 2017

An Indiana youth has been charged with burglarizing Wolf Creek Marina over the weekend


Video surveillance revealed the rear door of the marina was entered by a lone perpetrator late Saturday night with several hundred dollars worth of merchandise stolen.

An investigation by Lt. David Cain determined the identity of the burglar. After contact was made with the young man’s father, he was brought in for questioning and the stolen merchandise was returned.

The 16-year-old is being charged in Russell Juvenile Court with Burglary 3rd Degree & Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was released to his parents pending further court action.

Adair County injury collision


Columbia, Ky. (December 12, 2017) – Tpr. Allen Shirley is investigating a collision that occurred on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at approximately 5:10 PM CST 9 miles east of Columbia on KY 80.  66-year-old Edward Irvin, of Russell Springs, was operating an eastbound Chevy Colorado when the vehicle left the right side of the roadway, struck a rock wall and overturned.  Mr. Irvin was transported to TJ Health in Columbia and treated for non life threatening injuries.  Tpr. Shirley was assisted at the scene by Adair County EMS and Fire.  




December 7, 2017

Boil Water Advisory Lifted


As of 10:15 a.m. on December 7, 2017, the boil water advisory for 424 WAIN ST., Oak St., Ashley Court, Edna Dr., 401-581 Oak St. has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.



December 11, 2017


An Adair County man bilked investors with false promises of profits from oil and gas wells after being ordered to stop selling such investments, a federal grand jury has charged. Ronnie C. Rodgers is charged with one count of conspiring to commit mail fraud and securities fraud.The alleged scam began in 2007, the year Rodgers started a company called Rick-Rod Oil Co.In 2011, the state Department of Financial Institutions charged in a lawsuit that Rodgers was improperly selling investments in oil and gas wells. A state judge barred Rodgers, his brother Rickey Rodgers and the company from selling the investments. Ronnie Rodgers then set up companies under other names and continued soliciting investments in phony wells, the grand jury charged. The plan by Rodgers and unnamed associates was to make a lot of money in a way that’s referred to in the industry as “above the ground,” the indictment said. The scheme involves promoting investments in wells, not in producing oil and gas, the indictment said. Rodger knew that wells in the area where he was working wouldn’t produce enough oil and gas to provide a return to investors, and most would lose most or all their money, the indictment said. Nonetheless, he and associates allegedly told investors a number of lies, including that oil and gas production was guaranteed, that Rodgers had made several people millionaires, that Rodgers would only make money if the wells produced, and that investors could expect production of 200 barrels of oil a day. In reality, most wells in the area Rodgers was selling had historically been dry holes or had produced less than 10 barrels a day, the indictment said. Rodgers also didn’t tell investors that he was a felon, that most of the wells he had drilled were dry and that he’d been barred from selling investments, the indictment said. The indictment didn’t say how much money investors lost. However, it said Rodgers told people it would cost $500,000 to complete a three-well program. The indictment also didn’t name investors, but it cited examples of Rodgers soliciting money from people in Lexington and Danville. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier issued a summons for Rodgers to be arraigned next month. The charge carries a top sentence of five years in prison. This story a courtesy of The Lexington Hearld. 

Russell county Drug Arrest


A vehicle-stop by Deputy Evan Burton just before 7:00 p.m. Sunday led to the arrest of two Russell Springs men on felony drug charges.

Deputy Burton’s investigation resulted in the arrest of James E. Robinson, 50, on charges of Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Tampering with Physical Evidence. A second passenger in the vehicle, 35-year-old Samuel E. Wilson was taken into custody on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth) and Possession of Marijuana.

More than six grams of Methamphetamine was seized during the investigation & arrests. Both men were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

A two vehicle crash just before noon Friday seriously injured a young Russell Springs man.

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The preliminary investigation determined John Curtis Robertson, 19, lost control of the 1990 Nissan pickup he was operating westbound on Mt. Pleasant Road resulting in the truck colliding head-on with a 2007 GMC Yukon being driven by Jason Austin Flatt, 19, of Russell Springs. Flatt had one passenger, 18 year-old Grayson Tea Pennington, also of Russell Springs.

Robertson was treated at the scene by Russell County EMS personnel and then transported to a “landing zone” coordinated by the Jamestown Fire Department just north of the KY 379 & KY 92 intersection. He was airlifted by PHI Air Medical to the U.K. Medical Center for treatment of multiple injuries. Flatt and Pennington were checked out at the scene by Russell County EMS personnel but declined transportation to a medical facility.

An investigation by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest Friday afternoon of two Jamestown brothers on felony drug trafficking charges.


Sheriff Clete McAninch & Deputies executed a Search Warrant at 172 Fox Point Road at 3:00 p.m. resulting in the arrests of Phillip Bernard, 55, and Ricky D. Bernard, 54, on charges of Trafficking in Marijuana Over 8 Ounces, Less Than 5 Pounds, enhanced by a firearm, a Class “C” Felony and Tampering With Physical Evidence, a Class “D” Felony.

Both were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


District 8 crews ready for snow and ice season!

SOMERSET, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2017) – With more than 22,000 tons of salt on hand, combined with more than 80 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 crews are ready for winter weather duty.

Maintenance crews in KYTC District 8 have a responsibility for clearing over 2,000 miles of state-maintained highways in the counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne. That equates to 5,192 “lane miles” – all driving lanes from rural state roads to interstate highways.

Since October, district crews have been inspecting snow plows, calibrating salt-spreading equipment and developing snowstorm response procedures to keep District 8 state roads passable during inclement weather.

“We take snow and ice response very seriously,” Chief District Engineer Tamra Wilson said. “Highway safety is an essential function of the Transportation Cabinet, and our crews are prepared to meet that mandate by keeping our roads safe during bad weather.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) mission is to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors and priority routes. When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

Launched last winter, the Cabinet’s snow and ice information website, http://snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets and videos on salt application and snow removal. 

“The Transportation Cabinet recognizes how important roadway conditions are to Kentucky motorists, especially during winter storms,” Wilson said. “Our highway crews often spend long hours away from home to keep roadways clear and safe for the traveling public. We appreciate their service.”

Throughout snow season, which runs from November to April, highway response teams across Kentucky serve weekly on-call rotations. The teams monitor weather reports when snow is in the forecast and determine when to activate the state’s arsenal of snow-fighting equipment, including more than 1,000 snow plows.

Be prepared:

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:

·         Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level

·         Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road

·         Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment

·         Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder

·         Allow time for a slower commute

·         Winterize vehicles

·         Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit

·         Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8

·         Eliminate distractions (e.g. using phone and eating) while driving

·         Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash




December 6, 2017


Adair County injury collision


Columbia, Ky. (December 5, 2017) – Sgt. Morris Farris is investigating a collision that occurred on Monday, December 4, 2017 on White Oak Church Rd, in Adair County.  Tpr. Zachary Scott was operating a southbound 2015 Dodge Charger when he met a northbound 2011 Nissan Versa on a hill crest and collided driver side to driver side.  Both vehicles were damaged.  

The operator of the Nissan, 24-year-old Tiana Feese, of Columbia, and two passengers in her vehicle were wearing seatbelts.  Ms. Feese sustained minor injuries but was not treated.  

Tpr. Scott was also belted and was taken to Russell County Hospital where he was treated and released.



Date Issued: 12/6/17

Time Issued:   8:52 a.m.

            A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of Columbia Adair Utilities District starting at 424 WAIN ST., Oak St., Ashley Court, Edna Dr., 401-581 Oak St.

The advisory has been issued due to main line break.

Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.

Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bring the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using.

The advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.

For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.


December 5, 2017

Post 15 activity for November, 2017

  Columbia, Ky. (December 4, 2017) – During the month of November 2017, there were 28 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 four fatal collisions during the month of November in the Post 15 area.

Bobby L. Veatch, 46 years old of Taylor Co KY was killed on 11/02/17 in Taylor Co KY

Franceda K. Mudd, 64 years old of Green Co KY was killed on 11/20/17 in Green Co KY

Joseph L. Galloway, 58 years old of Casey Co KY was killed on 11/25/17 in Casey Co KY

Linda K. Comer, 29 years old of Green Co KY was killed on 11/29/17 in Green Co KY

This brings our yearly fatality count to 23 compared with 31 through this same period in 2016.

During the month of November 2017, there were 1082 citations written, 237 courtesy notices written, 1164 vehicles inspected, 682 complaints answered, 70 motorists assisted, 54 criminal cases opened and 185 criminal arrests made.


Adair County Sheriffs Office makes drug arrests

  Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss, reports that on Monday December 4,2017 after a lengthy investigation a search warrant was obtained and six arrests were made at,31 L. Hancock Road in Adair County. Arrested was 48 year old Robbie Burton, 39 year old Richard Bernard , 32 year old Brandon Jones, 32 year old Brittany Stone, 29 year old Felicia Woolridge and, 38 year old Janet Bulington all of Columbia. All charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. All arrested and lodged in the Adair County Reginal Jail. Robbie Burton and Brandon Jones also had outstanding bench warrants from Adair County. Deputy Justin Cross is the lead investigator assisted by, Sheriff Harrison Moss and all Deputies from, The Adair County Sheriff's Office.