September 1-2017


The Russell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two burglaries that occurred earlier this week along Old Columbia Road in Russell Springs.

Two garages were broken into with several thousand dollars in tools stolen.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the thief(s).

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


A Casey County man has been charged with stealing from his now former employer.

Hunter M. Gillock, 21, of Liberty, was arrested Thursday on a warrant obtained by Det. Joey Hoover for Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $500 in Value for stealing several hundred pounds of copper between August 1-15 while employed at Stephens Pipe & Steel’s Decatur facility in northern Russell County.

Gillock was taken into custody by KSP Troopers Mike Woodrum & Dexter Colvin. He was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

KSP Charges Logan Co. Man

With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

On August 31, 2017, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Thomas A. Mason, 23, on charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

 Mr. Mason 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 uploading images of child sexual exploitation online. 

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Russellville on August 31, 2017. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSPs forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 Mr. Mason is currently charged with twenty 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 Logan County Detention Center.

Remember to turn around, don't drown, when roadways are flooded...

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As a flash flood watch remains in effect from this evening into Friday night we would like to remind Adair countians to use caution while driving and around water.  We have coordinated with county agencies in preparation of the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.  We expect flash flooding to impact the usual low lying areas and pooling of water is a risk on roadways.  Please plan ahead for a flooding risk over the next few days. From Mike Kelnter Director, Adair Co. Emergency Management

August 30, 2017

Boil Water Advisory

For consumer of Columbia Adair Utilities District

8/30/2017 as of 2:30 P.M. customers from 4781-5278 Old Burkesville Road, 5505-7432 Burkesville Road, Hughes Road, Lasley Road, Jr. Loy Road, Corbin Road, Campbell Road, Damon. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.

Accident on HWY North 55 in Adair County

On 8-28-17 Adair County EMS along with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury Accident on HWY North 55. Mrs. Marian Melton of Columbia was operating a 2013 Nissan Altima south bound on HWY 55, when Ms. Sherri Giles of Campbellsville Ky operating a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am attempted a u-turn and pulled out in to the path of Mrs. Melton. Mrs. Marian Melton and her passenger Mr. Rodger Melton where injured due to the collision. Mrs. Marian Melton was treated on scene and taken to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of her injuries sustained in the accident. Mr. Rodger Melton was transported by Adair County EMS and was flown out to University of Louisville hospital. Both Ms Sherri Giles and her passenger Mr. Drew Cato refused transport by EMS. Adair County Search and Rescue also assisted on scene.

Two Russell Springs men were arrested on drug related charges Tuesday night

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Around 9:45 p.m. Deputy Ethan Pike stopped a car on Weston Road for an equipment violation. While approaching the vehicle, Deputy Pike observed the driver making movements that caused the Deputy to believe the driver was attempting to conceal something.

Further investigation resulted in the arrest of Bobby M. Beard, 46, of Russell Springs. Beard was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Tampering with Physical Evidence and having an Obstructed Windshield. Approximately six grams of Methamphetamine and $1,886 cash was seized as evidence.

Additionally, Michael A. Johnson, 35, of Russell Springs, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear in court after Deputies observed Johnson in a vehicle near the initial traffic stop. Johnson was also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.

Deputy Evan Burton, Deputy Dustin Bunch and Sgt. Mark Cromwell assisted with the investigation and subsequent arrests.

August 29, 2017

Statement from Speaker Jeff Hoover on Today’s PFM Report on Kentucky Public Pensions

“The pension crisis affecting Kentucky is so dire it affects every single facet of funding of state government, from educating our children to protecting our citizens, to providing services for our most needy. For several weeks, we have been involved in intense weekly meetings, each meeting lasting four to five hours, regarding this issue. This is a complex, multi-faceted problem. We, as a state, simply cannot financially sustain the current system. Changes need to be made, but what those changes are, or how we address them, right now we are not sure.

Today, during a meeting of the Public Pension Oversight Board in Frankfort, PFM, the consulting group hired by the state, issued their recommendations. I would like to thank PFM for their hard work to produce this report, but please know that these are only recommendations. My colleagues and I will be asking for public input as we seek to make the best decisions for our state retirees, current state workers, and future state employees. I fully expect we will have a special session later this year to address the problem.

We are committed to meeting our legal obligations with regard to our pension system.  I promise you we will continue to work hard, listen, gather facts, and make the best decision possible. I know that is what is expected and deserved and that is what we will do.”

Casey County death investigation


On Sunday, August 27, 2017 Casey County dispatch contacted Post 15 at 1:11 AM CST and requested assistance at 104 Cannon Road in Liberty.  53-year-old Thomas Robert Moser, of Stanford, had arrived at the residence where his estranged girlfriend and others were working.  The investigation revealed that Mr. Moser became involved in an argument with 71-year-old Leonard Walls, of Liberty.  The argument escalated when Moser physically threatened Walls who fired a gun shot that struck Moser in the chest.  Moser was transported to Casey County hospital where he later died from his injury.  

No arrests were made but the findings will be presented to the Commonwealth Attorney's office. Detective BJ Burton is investigating. 

Russell County Courthouse Closed due to Labor Day Holiday

The Russell County Courthouse will be closed Monday, September 4, 2017, in observance of Labor Day. The courthouse will reopen on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at regular business hours.

August 28, 2017

Party Leads to Stolen Police Vehicle and an Arrest over Week End in Columbia


Columbia Police arrest 2 after responding to large party that resulted in shots being fired and police cruiser being stolen and wrecked.

   At 1:01am this morning Adair County 911 received a report of a large party that an altercation had broken out at located in the 200 block of Tutt Street in the limits of Columbia. CPD officers was dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival as officers were exiting their vehicle officers were notified that shots had been fired and officers heard at least 1 shot. Officers ran to the back yard to investigate and as a result 36 year old James Haywood of Columbia was arrested on charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and public intoxication with additional charges forthcoming.

   During the time the officers had scrambled to the back of the residence due to their being a possible active shooter another male had made his way around the house and jumped into Officer Drew Conn's assigned patrol car activated the emergency equipment and fled the scene in the stolen cruiser . The suspect wrecked the cruiser approximately 1 mile from the scene when he lost control of vehicle at a high speed in a curve on Bomar Heights and struck a utility pole at the intersection of Allen Street and fled on foot.  

   As a result 5 additional officers were called out to assist the two officers already on scene in dispersing the party and searching for the suspect.

At 02:47 am officers investigations led them to Heartland Circle just outside the limits of Columbia to a possible location of a suspect in the theft of the police cruiser. At 03:42 am CPD Officers took 20 year old Lova Johnson into custody on charges of: Theft by Unlawful Taking Auto over 10,000 dollars, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree , Leaving the Scene of an Accident , Theft of a Firearm and Wanton Endangerment.1st Degree . Additional charges will be pending.

Both Haywood and Johnson were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail .   Officer Drew Conn and John Dial are continuing the investigation. Conn and Dial were assisted by Chief Jason Cross , Sgt Jr Murphy , Ofc . Josh Brockman , Ofc Jordan Dean , Deputy Josh Durbin and Constable Jason Rector .

Drug Arrest made in Russell County

An investigation into a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church late Saturday night resulted in the arrest of a Marion County man and the seizure of several grams of Methamphetamine.

While patrolling the Sano – Mt. Olive community, Deputy Evan Burton observed a 2002 Saturn car in the church parking lot just before 9:00 p.m. After making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, Deputy Burton utilized his partner, K-9 Matt. Subsequent to K-9 Matt alerting to the presence of the odor of illegal drugs, Deputy Burton discovered three baggies containing Methamphetamine on one of the passengers.

Emory L. Miller, 26, of Lebanon, was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Meth), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Miller was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer Labor Day Press Release

Due to the Labor Day Holiday for State and County Employees, the Adair County Clerk’s Office will be closed Saturday, Sept 2nd and Monday Sept 4th. We wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.

August 25, 2017

Major Construction in Columbia

Proceed with caution as the sidewalks are being under construction in front of City Hall, Grissom Martin, & the Judicial Center in Columbia. Please use extreme caution as you travel this area.

Adair County Middle School Site Base Meeting

The Adair County Middle School SBDM council will be meeting in regular session on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 3:30 pm for the purpose of interviewing for the assistant wrestling coach position. The meeting will be held at 322 General John Adair Drive.