LOCAL NEWS

May 2, 2017

Head on collision on the LBN Parkway 5/29/17

On 04-29-2017 at 4:46 am Chief Deputy Aaron
Rainwater was dispatched to the Louie B Nunn
Parkway where is was reported that a vehicle was
traveling west bound in the wrong direction. Phone
calls flooded in as law enforcement was in route.
Upon Deputy Rainwater's arrival, a 2003 Cadillac
being operated by 87 year old Christopher Ferrick
of Murfreesboro TN. had collided head on with a
2004 GMC being operated by 32 year old Amanda
Hancock of Columbia. After an investigation, it was
determined that Ferrick was entered as a Golden
Alert (Missing person) out of Murfreesboro TN. and
had been missing since the morning of 04-28-2017.
Ferrick was treated on scene by Adair County EMS
and transported to TJ Columbia Health for further
treatment. Family members of Ferrick were notified
and he was returned home safely. Hancock was not
injured in the collision.

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Columbia Police investigate injury accident resulting
in Adair County man being air lifted out to UofL.  

On 4-29-17 at 8:26 pm Columbia Police Department
was dispatched to a single vehicle collision that occurred
in the median between the eastbound exit ramp at the
46mm and the Louie B Nunn Parkway  .  
    Adair County 911 received a reckless driver complaint
on the parkway of vehicle traveling at high rate of speed
traveling east but before they was able to completely
dispatch the call almost simultaneously additional calls
started coming in stating the vehicle had wrecked . 
Upon Officers arrival it was found that a 2016 black
Nissan Galant had attempted to exit the parkway but
missed the ramp and travelled up the embankment
between the parkway and ramp .  The vehicle travelled
all the way to KY 61 south and struck the inside of the
guardrail at a very high rate of speed .  The operator
was found to be  in very serious condition .  Adair
County Ems , and Columbia Adair County Fire
Department Personel was able to remove him from
vehicle and Adair County Ems began emergency
treatment on the patient and transferred him to TJ
Health of Columbia . Air -Evac 14 based out of
Campbellsville KY was notified and the patient was
flown to the University of Louisville for additional
treatment . At the time of this release 5-1-17
patient is reportedly in stable condition .
   The operator was identified as 51 year old Micheal
Damaschke of Adair county .  Damaschke was 
charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the
Influence of Alcohol 1st offense Aggravated
circumstances and no insurance .   Preliminary
investigation show Speed and Alcohol are believed to
be contributing factors. The collision is being
investigated by CPD Ofc. John Dial  he was assisted
on scene by addition CPD officers. Adair County
Sheriff Deputy's , Adair County EMS, Columbia Adair
County Fire Dept. and Adair Search  and Rescue Personel 
all responded to scene.

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May 1, 2015

On Sunday morning April,30,2017 at approximately
12:20am Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop
on a 2007 Lincoln on Campbellsville Road for reckless
driving. After contact with the driver Deputy Durbin
observed a open container of alcoholic beverage in the
vehicle and the driver appeared to be under the influence.
After further investigation Deputy Durbin also located a
small amount of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle.
21 year old Elliot Clark was arrested and charged with
Reckless Driving, Possession of a open alcoholic beverage
in a motor vehicle, DUI, operating a vehicle with expired
operators license, Possession of marijuana, and Drug
paraphernalia, Deputy Durbin was assisted at the scene
by Adair County Deputy Brandon Hitch.

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On Monday morning 01 May 2017 the DAV  service
officer will be at VFW Post 6097 from 0800 hrs until
1000 hrs to assist any veteran with VA claims. The
post is located at 411 Fairground St Columbia Ky. 42728. 

Please bring all current paper work from the VA or DAV.
If applying to get into the VA system you MUST have a
copy of your DD-214 or other official discharge papers.

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April 28, 2017

Official 2016 highway fatality count released
Fatalities up 73 compared to 2015
 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2017) – Highway fatalities in Kentucky
increased last year according to numbers from the Kentucky Office of
Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky State Police (KSP). 
 
There were 834 fatalities in 2016, 73 more than 2015. 
 
“We are greatly concerned with the number of people who lost their
lives on our roadways,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter.

“These figures are unacceptable to us and they should be unacceptable
to every driver – every person -- in our state. We all have to be much
more vigilant about personal safety and personal responsibility behind
the wheel if we are going to reverse this trend.”
 
Of the 834 highway fatalities last year in Kentucky, 50.9 percent were
not wearing a seat belt and 16.8 percent involved alcohol. More than
36 percent involved speeding or aggressive drivers and 23 percent
involved driver distraction. Motorcyclists accounted for 90 fatalities,
with 60 percent not wearing helmets.
 
“With growing social acceptance of dangerous driving behaviors, such
as texting while driving, speeding, driving impaired and not wearing a
seat belt, we face a great challenge,” said Dr. Hunter.
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
more than 90 percent of crashes are due to human error.
 
“Driving is not a right,” said KSP Trooper Josh Brashears. “It is a privilege
that may be taken away if responsible choices are not made behind the
wheel.” 
 
Trooper Brashears emphasized law enforcement’s role in saving lives.
 
“Traffic laws are in place for a reason, and we will cite anyone we see
violating the law,” said Trooper Brashears. “We would much rather write
a ticket than make a death notification.”
 
The highway fatality increase is not an issue solely for Kentucky.
According to the National Safety Council, preliminary estimates
indicate motor vehicle deaths totaled 40,200 last year, up 6 percent
from 2015 and the first time fatalities exceeded 40,000 since 2007.
 
“While national fatality rates are similar to ours, this is not a case in
which we should follow the national trend,” said Dr. Hunter. “We have
to buckle up, put the cell phones down and drive like our lives depend
on it – because they do.”
 
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) indicate that seat belts, when worn correctly, reduce the risk
of fatalities by 45 percent for front-seat vehicle occupants and by 60
percent for pickup truck, SUV and minivan occupants. Also according
to NHTSA, regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to
protect against and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.  
 
So far in 2017, preliminary numbers indicate there have been 210
roadway fatalities – down from 226 compared to the same time last
year. 
 
Kentucky’s history of highway fatalities:
2000    823
2001    843
2002    915
2003    931
2004    964
2005    985
2006    913
2007    864
2008    826
2009    791
2010    760
2011    721
2012    746
2013    638
2014    672
2015    761
2016    834

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2017 National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday,
May 4th, at 12:00 noon outside the Courthouse Annex. 
Different pastors will offer prayers for different needs
in our country.  This year’s theme is “For Your Great
Name’s Sake – Hear us, Forgive us, Heal us!”  Please
come out and help pray for our nation.  This event is
sponsored by the Adair County Ministerial Association.

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April 25, 2017

NEWS RELEASE
KSP Charges Green Co. Man
With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses
 
MOUNT SHERMAN, Ky. (April 21, 2017)  On April 20, 2017, at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Mark Nelson, 59, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.
Nelson was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Mount Sherman where electronic equipment was seized and is pending a forensic examination. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
Nelson is currently charged with one count of distribution and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
 
Correction
Columbia, Ky. (April 24, 2017) – 52-year-old Samuel Edwards, of Columbia, was arrested on Saturday, April 22nd at 11:25 AM CST on Creek Bend Rd in Adair County and charged with Murder, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alc/Drugs .08 (Aggravated Circumstances) 1st Degree and Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance.  
 
KSP Tpr. Clint Bale obtained arrest warrants from the Adair County Attorney's office. Edwards was lodged in the Adair County Detention Center.  
 
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Pesticide Scams
 
Farmer's should take caution if they receive a phone call from a company touting new or unfamiliar pesticide products.  Phone calls have been reported by farmers that match other reported cases that later turned out to be a scam.  Never provide credit card information over the phone unless you are certain that you are dealing with a reputable company.  

April 24, 2017

‘OPERATION 10-46’ AND ‘GHOST OUT’ PROMOTE STUDENT SAFETY
Juniors and seniors learn the dangers of drunk and distracted driving
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
Juniors and seniors at Adair County High School sat through a pair of
programs Friday morning aimed to encourage healthy decision-making
and illuminate the dangers of distracted driving.  “Operation 10-46” and
“Ghost Out” – a mock accident and mock memorial, respectively – served
as a reminder to students to remain safe and avoid risky behavior Saturday
before, during, and after prom.
“The reason to do it is to make kids recognize the dangers, not just of drinking
and driving but distracted driving as well,” says ACHS EMS instructor Preston
Gaskin, who worked with the Youth Services Center to present the programs. 
“I think it went exceptionally well.  If it stops just one kid from making a
decision that could cost a life, then it was worth it.”
“Operation 10-46” – formerly known as “Safety Zone” – featured a two-car
crash with 10 victims, including four fatalities.  Eight students and two
teachers volunteered to play the injured/deceased subjects.  Responders
to the accident included Columbia Police, Adair County Sheriff Dept., Adair
County Coroner, Adair EMS, Columbia-Adair Fire Dept., Breeding Fire Dept.,
Air Evac Lifeteam, PHI Air Medical, Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, and
Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.
“Our hope is that it influences the students to be extra vigilant, avoid
distractions, and make good decisions,” says Jaime White, the Youth
Services Center coordinator at ACHS.  “Sometimes telling them something
doesn’t have the same impact as showing them.”
Immediately following “Operation 10-46” the students returned to the
ACHS gym for “Ghost Out.”  The program featured several speakers, a
slideshow of Adair County automobile accidents, and – most harrowingly –
the reading of 11 obituaries, made up of the 10 students and one teacher
who volunteered to participate.
Adair County EMS Asst. Manager and Critical Care Paramedic Daryl Flatt
shared an account of an accident he and his wife were in a few years ago,
one in which both were seriously injured.  Heather VanArsdale also spoke,
sharing her own near-death experience, which left her in a coma for 45 days. 
Gaskin and ACHS Principal Troy Young addressed the students as well.
“Do not let your mistakes lead to what we’ve witnessed here today,”
Young told the students.  “Do not let your decisions lead to this.”
Gaskin and White wish to thank the many agencies and organizations, as
well as the teacher and student volunteers, who participated Friday for their
efforts to educate local students on such a serious issue.  “We’re so thankful
for every single individual for taking time out of their day to do this,” White says.
  “It’s great to see the community come together for a cause as important as
our students’ safety.”

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Commonwealth of Kentucky
Education & Workforce Development Cabinet
Matthew G. Bevin, Governor
Hal Heiner, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Akers
502-564-9132
Kim Saylor Brannock
502-564-1207
EDITOR'S NOTE: 2016 and 2015 county annual unemployment rate charts are included.
Annual unemployment rates fell in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016
Woodford County's 3.2% lowest annual rate in state
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2017) Annual unemployment rates decreased in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016 compared to 2015, rose in 26 and stayed the same in eight, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 
The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2016 at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.4 percent; Fayette and Shelby counties, 3.5 percent each; Scott County, 3.7 percent; Boone, Campbell, Jessamine and Spencer counties, 3.8 percent each; and Warren County, 3.9 percent.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2016 at 18.8 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 13 percent; Harlan County, 12.1 percent; Letcher County, 11.9 percent; Knott County, 11.2 percent; Elliott and Floyd counties, 10.9 percent each; Pike County, 10.8 percent; Perry County, 10.5 percent; and Lawrence County, 10.4 percent. In 2016, 12 counties had annual rates at or above 10 percent compared to six counties in 2015.
In contrast to the monthly data national and state data, unemployment statistics for counties are not seasonally adjusted. The comparable, unadjusted annual state unemployment rate for the state was 5 percent for 2016, and 4.9 percent for the nation.
In 2016, 71 counties were above the comparable, unadjusted annual state unemployment of 5 percent, while 46 were below the state and three (Carroll, Meade and Crittenden counties) were the same rate.
Compared to the national unadjusted 2016 annual rate of 4.9 percent, 74 Kentucky counties had higher 2016 annual rates, while 44 were lower and two (Boyle and Grant counties) matched it. 
Counties with the largest decline in annual unemployment rates from 2015 to 2016 were Russell County, -3.4 percentage points; Taylor County, -1.3 percentage points; Jackson County, -1.2 percentage points; and Casey and Edmonson counties, -1 percentage points each.
The counties that recorded the largest increases in annual unemployment rates from 2015 to 2016 were Magoffin County, +3.8 percentage points; Leslie County, +2.1 percentage points; Ballard and Floyd counties, +1.7 percentage points each; and Perry County, +1.6 percentage points.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.
The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and counties figures. The statistics in this news release may be revised in the future.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.
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