October 27, 2016

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a call on Wednesday morning at 7:55 am to 4100 Knifley Road to Billy Rice's Auto Body Shop,  upon arrival the office area was engulfed in fire and spread through out shop area.  The building sustained heavy damage.  There were 12 firemen from Adair County Department and was assisted by Knifley Fire Department.  Personal were on the scene for 2 hours and the cause is under investigation
KSP Warns Motorists of Increased Deer Activity
 – With the changing of fall leaves comes the migration of wildlife, particularly deer. The Kentucky State Police is urging all motorists to be aware of the increased dangers posed by deer wandering onto roadways this fall.
"Drivers should be engaged, alert and on the lookout for deer this time of year. Deer mating season leads to higher roaming activity all across the Commonwealth, which leads to more car-deer crashes," says KSP Lt. Michael Webb.
In 2015, Kentucky recorded 3,283 vehicle-deer collisions, an increase of 175 crashes compared to 2014 statistics. Three people were killed and 163 injured. Data indicates that the highest percentage of deer crashes occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Kentucky.
"A collision with a deer can cause extensive vehicle damage such as a crushed front end or punctured radiator to severe hood, windshield and roof damage," says Webb. "The human costs can be devastating as well."
During the past five years, Boone County led the state in deer collisions with an average of 151 per year. Jefferson County averaged 98 crashes followed by Hopkins and Christian counties with 93.
To avoid becoming a statistic, KSP offers the following defensive driving tips for motorists to reduce their chances of hitting a deer:
•    Be extra cautious in the early morning and evening hours. Deer are most active during these low-light periods when motorists see worst and reaction time is slow.
•    Stay alert when driving through a known deer-crossing zone. If you see one deer, look for more. They often travel in herds.
•    Drive at a moderate speed, especially on roads bordering woodlands, parklands, golf courses and streams. However, remember that many deer crashes occur on busy highways near cities.
•    Use high beam headlights if there is no on-coming traffic. High beams will reflect in the eyes of deer on or near the roadway, providing increased driver reaction time.
•    Upon seeing a deer, immediately slow down. Do not swerve – this could confuse the deer about where to run. It could also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car. It is generally safer to hit the deer rather than run off the road or risk injury to other motorists.
•    Deer are often unpredictable, especially when faced with blinding headlights, loud horns and fast-moving vehicles. Don't expect them to stay where they are. They can dart in front of you at the last moment, stop in the middle of the road, cross quickly and return to the road or even move toward an approaching vehicle.
•    Deer whistles on cars provide little help and blowing the car horn doesn't always solve the problem. Blowing the horn may cause them to move, but not necessarily in the direction you want.
•    Never veer from deer. Making sudden sharp turns is dangerous as it could place a driver in the path of on-coming traffic or cause your vehicle to strike a fixed object such as a tree or utility pole.
•    Always wear your seat belt. Historically, most people injured or killed in deer/auto collisions were not properly restrained.
Kentucky State Police Cadet Class 94 to Graduate Friday, Oct. 28
WHAT: Kentucky State Police Cadet Class 94 Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, October 28, 11:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero St., Frankfort, Ky.
WHO: Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders; Justice Sara W. Combs, Ky. Court of Appeals; KSP Command staff, cadet families and friends.
WHY: Graduation and commissioning ceremony for 39 new Kentucky State Troopers

October 26, 2016

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 1:02 a.m. Chief Deputy Nick Bertram & K-9 Maxo conducted a traffic stop on Jamestown Street, Russell Springs, on a vehicle operated by Barksdale Miller, 62, of Columbia.
The roadside investigation, including K-9 Maxo’s alert to the odor of narcotics, resulted in the discovery of approximately three grams of Cocaine and drug paraphernalia items.
Miller was arrested by Chief Deputy Bertram & RCSO Sgt. Mark Cromwell on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Miller was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 3:07 a.m. several members of the Russell County Sheriff's Department executed a Search Warrant on the residence & property of Dana Carol Sandusky located at 302 L. Coffey Road, off of Old Columbia Road, Russell Springs.
The search resulted in the discovery & seizure of several ounces of Methamphetamine, approximately 3 grams of suspected Heroin, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and $6,283.00 cash.
Sandusky has been charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine). Additional charges will be filed later this date. The investigation is ongoing.
Sheriff's Deputies involved in the investigation and search include Chief Deputy Nick Bertram, Sgt. Mark Cromwell, Det. Joey Hoover, Deputy Ethan Pike and Deputy Dustin Bunch. Also assisting is Officer Nathan Bradshaw of the Russell Springs Police Department.
Sandusky was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center
KY 80 in Adair County will be reduced to one lane beginning , Oct. 25, as crews perform tree trimming along the state right of way.  Work will take place beginning at the Adair/Russell County line (mile point 22.8) and will end at Freedom Church Rd. (mile point 20.3) between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CT each day Tuesday, Oct. 25 through Friday, Oct. 28. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers

Oct 24,2016

Officer involved shooting in Metcalfe County  Edmonton, Ky. (October 23, 2016) – Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred today at approximately 12:57 AM CST at a residence on Junior Caffee Road, 4 miles east of Edmonton.  Metcalfe County dispatch received a call from a female stating that she and her boyfriend had been involved in a physical altercation and that he was outside shooting a gun into the air.  She was calling from a neighbor’s home.   The dispatcher could hear the shots in the background, over the phone, and dispatched a  Metcalfe County Deputy then requested backup from Post 15.  After arriving on the scene, a deputy encountered 38-year-old Kenny Tomblin, of Edmonton.  Following a verbal exchange with the deputy, Tomblin went into his residence, came back outside armed with a rifle and began approaching the area of the Troopers.  Tomblin failed to comply with verbal commands to put down his firearm and he discharged the weapon. Troopers returned fire, fatally wounding Tomblin.  No one else was injured during the incident.  The investigation is ongoing.  
As  of  1:50 p.m. on October  23, 2016, the boil water advisory for customers on Hwy 92, Hwy 706, Hwy 900, Hwy 55 South and all side roads in between 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.

Oct 21, 2016

On 10-20-2016 Adair County Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin arrested 32 year old Gregory Salyer of Columbia on numerous charges. Salyer was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, speeding 26 mph over posted limit, no/expired registration plates, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was observed traveling at a high rate of speed on North KY 55. Sheriff Moss would like to remind drivers that his department will be monitoring speed issues on North 55 daily.

On 10-20-2016 Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss apprehended a fugitive from Indiana after a short foot chase. 21 year old Desiree Clawson Cox  of Indiana was apprehended shortly after 4:00pm at a residence on Hwy 900.
Moss was contacted on 10-20-2016 by Indiana authorities and asked to be on the look out for Cox. Cox was wanted out of Walcott, IN on charges of parole violation and child pornography. After a short investigation Moss was able to locate and apprehend Cox. Cox was lodged in the Adair County Jail and is waiting extradition to Indiana.

Please be advised the City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 5:30 P.M. in City Hall to consider the following:
    Request for zone change from C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial to R-4 High Density Residential for lots located at 309 Hurt Street (PVA Map No. 000-06 01-045.00) & 311 Hurt Street (PVA Map No. 000-06 01-044.00). The purpose of the change will be for the construction of an 8-unit apartment building. Property owned by Michael L. Stephens.
The hearing is open to the public.

Sheriff Harrison Moss would like the tax payers of Adair CO. to know his office will extend office hours until 5:00 pm starting Monday October 24 through Friday October 28 and Monday October 31 for their convenience. The office is closed for lunch from 12:00 - 12:30 daily.
As part of the nationwide America’s Legislators Back to School Program, state Sen. Max Wise will be teaching civics and public service to a number of fifth-graders this month from across his district. Local journalists are invited to cover the events but are asked to call the schools in advance to make arrangements.Wise, R-Campbellsville, will be at Taylor County Elementary School in Campbellsville at 9 a.m. EST on Oct. 25. The school’s phone number is 270-465-5691. He will be at Monticello Elementary School at 10 a.m. EST on Oct. 26. The school’s phone number is 606-340-3900. And he will be at Clinton County Middle School in Albany at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Oct. 26. That school’s phone number is 606-387-6468.Kentucky lawmakers from both chambers and both sides of the aisle have a history of active participation in the program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Each year, more than 15,000 Kentucky students from kindergarten through high school are reached through the professionally-designed curriculum, which is aimed at increasing students’ knowledge about history and government. The program is non-partisan and non-political, instead giving students motivation to follow current events, gain a greater understanding of our system of representative government and use their own critical thinking skills.

Oct 18, 2016

On Tuesday Adair County Judge Executive Michael Stephens, a Democrat, announced his endorsement of Dr. Rand Paul for U.S. Senate. 

Joined by Dr. Paul at the Adair County Judicial Center in Columbia, Judge Stephens spoke about why he supports Dr. Paul and why Kentucky needs his leadership in the Senate:

"My support for Rand Paul is rooted in principle, not party, because my top priority is doing what is best for my community. Much like myself, Rand believes in reaching across the aisle to find common ground to address issues important to Kentuckians . I'm proud to endorse him today and look forward to his continued representation of our community and the Commonwealth in the Senate," said Stephens.

Dr. Paul thanked Judge Stephens for his support, and spoke about how important it is to reach across party lines to get things done. He referenced many of the important bipartisan bills on which he has partnered with Democrats in the Senate. These bill include: addressing the heroin epidemic with Sen. Markey, tackling criminal justice reform with Sen. Booker, fighting against sexual assault in the military with Sen. Gillibrand, and teaming up with Sen. Boxer to fund our bridges and roads, to name a few. 

"I've always believed in reaching across the aisle to get things done, and some of the most important bills and legislation I've introduced have been with my Democrat colleagues. I'm honored to have the support of Judge Stephens and the many folks here today in Columbia, and I hope to continue working on their behalf," said Dr. Paul.



LWC to hold 23rd Annual Safe Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 25

-- Area children and their family members are invited to the 23rd-annual Lindsey Wilson College "Safe Halloween" on Oct. 25.

The annual trick-or-treat event for area children will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 25. It will begin in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 299 Williams St. The event, which is sponsored by the LWC Office of Residence Life, is free and open to the public.

Last year's "Safe Halloween" drew more than 800 area children despite the rainy weather. The children collected candy from LWC students and toured the residence halls. Overstreet said she hopes the 23rd edition of the event will be even better.

“We always try and raise the bar each year to try and make it better for our community members,” Overstreet said,  “It definitely fills you with pride knowing that you're giving back and making a difference to a community that gives so much to LWC.”


Emergency crews say a driver was trapped in his tractor trailer for hours after it crashed in Pulaski County Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened on a ramp between the Highway 914 Bypass and the Cumberland Parkway, near Somerset.

Pulaski County Emergency Management says the tractor trailer overturned, trapping the driver inside. Investigators say it took crews three hours to rescue him.

Emergency management says the driver was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police are still investigating how the crash happened.