October 12, 2017

Adair County man charged with Assault 1st 



Columbia, Ky. (October 12, 2017) 43-year-old Donald Wayne Christenberry, of Columbia, was arrested today at 4:27 AM CST on South Burkesville Road in the limits of Columbia and charged with Assault 1st degree and Assault 4th degree (domestic violence) Minor Injury.  The charges stemmed from an investigation into a stabbing that occurred on an unknown area of KY Hwy 206 when Christenberry allegedly stabbed 57-year-old Brent Ollery, of Columbia.  Ollery was taken to the TJ Sampson hospital to be treated for a knife wound to the neck area and was then relayed by ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The ER notified law enforcement of the incident.  

Following that incident, Christenberry returned to his residence on Spring Drive in Columbia and was involved in a second altercation with 48-year-old Brenda Lucas which led to the Assault 4th charge.   Christenberry was lodged in the Adair County Jail.  Detective Nick Davis is investigating.    

Post 15 activity for September, 2017


Columbia, Ky. (October 11, 2017) During the month of September 2017, there were 18 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 two fatal collisions during the month of September in the Post 15 area.

Steven Williams, 38 years old of Russell Co KY was killed on 09/17/17 in Russell Co KY

Zachary Anderson, 20 years old of Casey Co KY was killed on 09/22/17 in Casey Co KY

This brings our yearly fatality count to 14 compared with 26 through this same period in 2016.

Statewide fatality count stands at 542 compared with 600 through this same period in 2016.

During the month of September 2017, there were 1124 citations written, 191 courtesy notices written, 1593 vehicles inspected, 691 complaints answered, 77 motorists assisted, 62 criminal cases opened and 291 criminal arrests made.

Post 15 to conduct safety traffic checkpoints



Columbia, Ky. (October 11, 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.

October 16, 2017

Adair County fatal collision



Columbia, Ky. (October 14, 2017) – Trooper Billy Begley is investigating a collision that occurred today at approximately 11:52 AM CST, 6 miles north of Columbia on Holmes Bend Road.  54-year-old John F. Bush, of Columbia, was operating a westbound 1981 Honda Goldwing motorcycle when he failed to properly negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck and embankment.  

Bush was pronounced dead at the scene.  Tpr. Begley was assisted by the Adair County EMS.  

Cumberland County fatal collision



Burkesville, Ky. (October 14, 2017) – Trooper Ricky Cross is investigating a collision that occurred on 10/13/2017 at approximately 9:05 PM CST on KY 1880 in Cumberland County.  44-year-old Paul R. Rose, of Albany, was operating a northbound 2007 Toyota pickup when she crossed the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne and struck a tree.  

Mr. Rose was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital and listed in critical condition.  A passenger, 52-year-old Terry P. Angel, of Albany, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Tpr. Cross was assisted at the scene by the Cumberland County Fire and Sheriff's Department.  The investigation is ongoing.   

Adair County man charged with Murder



Columbia, Ky. (October 13, 2017) – 31-year-old Reuban Sebastian Paz, of Columbia, was arrested today at 2:38 PM CST on New Concord Road, 7 miles east of Columbia.  Paz is charged with the murder of his wife, 25-year-old Linda Sebastian Paz, also of New Concord Road Columbia.  KSP received a call from the Adair County Sheriff's office requesting assistance at the residence at 4:20 AM CST.  

The investigation revealed that the two had been involved in a domestic dispute that led to the shooting and death of  Linda Sebastian. Paz.  An autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner's office.  Reuban Sebastian Paz was lodged in the Adair County Jail.  Detective Bo Hensley is investigating.   

The Columbia-Adair County Fire Department will be taking sealed bids on the following items:


1-6.5' x 7' garage roll up door, used interior only, but can be configured anyway

1-1976 Chevrolet Truck,   Truck has 427 gas engine with a 5 speed manual transmission with a 2 speed rear end.   We have used this truck since buying new for a tanker truck and have replaced it.  

Bids for both items can be mailed to PO Box 96 Columbia, KY  42728 or dropped off at our box at the Fire Department Station on Merchant Street in Columbia.  Must be in by November 1, 2017.

We reserve the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids and contact the winner bidder on these on November 1st at our next regular business meeting. 

October 11, 2017

An investigation by Deputy Ethan Pike resulted in the arrest of two persons Tuesday night for trafficking in Methamphetamine and other charges.

At 8:35 p.m., Deputy Pike stopped a vehicle on KY 619, moments after it left the Cumberland Lodge Motel in Russell Springs.

Roger Dale Pendleton, 45, of Russell Springs, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear in Clark District Court and for Operating on a Suspended License. An alert by K-9 Maxo led to the discovery of a small quantity of Methamphetamine and Marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

A passenger, Wendy Dawn McFerron, 38, of Stanford, was also taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

The roadside investigation led to Deputy Pike to obtain a Search Warrant for a room at the motel where Pendleton and McFerron had just been. That search resulted in the seizure of approximately 5 grams of “crystal meth” and more drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the initial charges stemming from the vehicle stop, Pendleton and McFerron were also charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Meth.

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

Deputy Pike was assisted by Deputy Dustin Bunch, Det. Joey Hoover and Officer Bobby Pritchard of the Russell Springs Police Department.

October 10, 2017

Sgt. Mark Cromwell is investigating a burglary that occurred early Sunday morning at “The Shack”, located near the Russell-Clinton county line on U.S. 127.

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Store security video revealed entry was made after a large rock was used to shatter the front door window. The male perpetrator then stole two bottles of bourbon and two bottles of wine.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this burglary is encouraged to call the Russell County Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111.


October 9, 2017

Two Vehicle Accident with injuries in Adair County 

On Sunday October 8, 2017 at approximately 9:25 pm, the Adair Co. Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle auto accident on Ky North 61 with possible injuries. The accident occurred when 20 year old Lesley Ferguson of Columbia operating her 2008 Pontiac failed to notice another vehicle stopped to turn into their residence just passed Milltown road on 61.The other vehicle being a 2004 ford focus operated by 47 year old Pamela Flowers along with two passengers in the Flowers vehicle Judy Coffey, and Regina French all of Columbia. Both units were traveling North on 61. Adair County EMS responded and transported 85 year old Regina French for possible injuries sustained. Deputy Brandon Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff's Office is the investigating officer assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin and Mike Keltner with Emergency Management.