LOCAL NEWS

August 7, 2017

Adair County accident on KY 55

On 8-4-2017 Columbia Police Department was dispatched to the 2000 block of Campbellsville Road to a reported two vehicle collision with injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates Christopher Cook 38 of Taylor County was traveling south on KY 55 in a 1998 Grand Jeep Cherokee when he struck a 2003 Saturn operated by 57 year old Randell Wheat of Adair County in the rear of vehicle . Wheat was in traffic that had slowed for a Farm implement on the roadway. Cook failed to see traffic had slowed and was unable to slow or stop his vehicle.   The collision sent the 2003 Saturn off the roadway overturning once before it came to rest.

Wheat was treated on scene by Adair County Ems and transported to TJ Health of Columbia. Wheat was then flown by PHI Air Medical services to the University of Kentucky for Head Trauma related injuries. The collision is being investigated by CPD Officer Josh Brockman who was assisted by Officer John Dial, Deputy Justin Cross and Trooper Chase Willis.

Cell phone usage is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision and Cook who was not injured was charged for operating a vehicle on a expired license and no insurance.

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Post 15 activity for July 2017

During the month of July 2017, there were 33 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 July in the Post 15 area.

 Phillip Dillon, 26 years old of Boyle Co KY was killed on 07/08/17 in Casey Co KY.

Dylan Cheatham, 25 years old of Washington Co KY was killed on 07/31/17 in Washington Co KY.

 This brings our yearly fatality count to 9 compared with 13 through this same period in 2016.

Statewide fatality count stands at 416 compared with 455 through this same period in 2016.

 During the month of July 2017, there were 1033 citations written, 206 courtesy notices written, 1441 vehicles inspected, 713 complaints answered, 83 motorists assisted, 61 criminal cases opened and 134 criminal arrests made.

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Cumberland County fatal collision 

  

Burkesville, Ky. (August 4, 2017) Tpr. Jonathan Paull is investigating a collision that occurred Thursday, August 3rd at approximately 8:18 PM CST on KY 90 in the limits of Marrowbone.  32-year-old Jeffery Cyphers, of Burkesville, was operating a westbound 4 door Dodge when he attempted to make a left hand turn into a private driveway.  The vehicle collided with an eastbound black motorcycle operated by 20-year-old Zachary Gray, of Burkesville.

Mr. Gray was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cumberland County Coroner.  Mr. Cyphers was belted and not injured.  

Tpr. Paull was assisted at the scene by the Cumberland County Sheriff, Fire, Rescue, EMS, Coroner and the KY State Highway Department.

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August 3, 2017

The City of Columbia Board of Adjustment will hold a Public Meeting on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:30 P.M. in City Hall.The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the following:

  1. Request for Conditional Use Permit for property owned      by Destiny Greer on 2 lots located at 517 Burkesville Street (PVA Map No.      000-05 05-002.00 and 103 Tutt Street (PVA Map No. 000-05 05-001). The      purpose is to operate a Type I daycare known as Dollhouse Daycare.      The hearing is open to the public.

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ADAIR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT FOR JULY, 2017

34           WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED

5              CRIMINAL CASES OPENED

7              CALL RESPONSE REPORTS WRITTEN;

6              DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES WORKED;11   NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED

5              INJURY ACCIDENTS WORKED; 29 OUT OF COUNTY TRANSPORTS

15           CITATIONS WRITTEN FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

37           CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS SERVED

10           CRIMINAL SUMMONSES SERVED

12           SUBPOENAS SERVED

79           HOURS OF COURT SECURITY PROVIDED

163         VEHICLE INSPECTIONS DONE

19         ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

10           MOTOR ASSISTS

638      911 CALLS; 15 ALCOHOL RELATED

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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.

August 1, 2017

ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION

Tpr. Zach Scott is investigating a collision that occurred Saturday, July 29th  at 4:12 PM CST, 6 miles east of Columbia on KY 80.  57-year-old Stephen Bridgeman, of Albany, was operating an eastbound 2011 International truck carrying asphalt sealant, when it dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway and overturned which resulted in sealant leakage from the truck.    

The operator and three passengers, 20-year-old Lucien Stevens, of Albany; 25-year-old Jeremy George of Jamestown and 29-year-old James Corbin, of Columbia were all belted and transported to TJ Health Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  

Trooper Scott was assisted by Adair County EMS, Fire, Emergency Management and Kentucky EPA.  

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Post 15 to conduct safety traffic checkpoints

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.

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Adair County Man Found Dead

 On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at approximately 7:17 PM CST, 48-year-old Douglas D. McAfee, of Columbia,  was reported missing by his estranged wife.  She stated that he was last seen by a friend he was staying with on Saturday, July 22nd at approximately 5 AM and had left the residence in a red Dodge truck.  After being entered as a missing person, Post 15 was notified that a vehicle registered to Douglas D. McAfee had been seen at the Greasy Creek Bridge on July 25th, unoccupied.  

Investigators arrived at the bridge on Wednesday, July 26th and located the vehicle at approximately 9:55 PM CST.  A subsequent search of the area turned up nothing regarding McAfee's whereabouts.  Troopers returned to the scene on Thursday, July 27th and extended the search area and located the remains of Douglas D. McAfee in a remote wooded area near the creek.  

An autopsy was performed today at the Medical Examiner's office in Frankfort.  No preliminary cause of death was given and a final report will be issued pending toxicology results.  No foul play is expected.  Detective B.J. Burton is investigating.   

July 28, 2017

Adair County Circuit Court Indictments for the month of July.

Joshua Lee Graves of Campbellsville Count 1 possession of a controlled substance in the Frist degree-third or subsequent offense (METHAMPHENTAMINE), Count 2: possession of a controlled substance in the First degree-third or subsequent offense (COCAINE), Count 3, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Count 1 trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree-First offense (FOUR GRAMS OR MORE OF COCAINE), Count 2: Persistent felony offender in the first degree, Count 3 Trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree- first offense (TWO GRAMS OR MORE OF METHAMPHETAMINE), Count 4: Persistent felony Offender in the first degree, Count 5: trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree-first offense (less than ten dosage units – drug unspecified- schedule one and two) Count 6 persistent felony offender in the First degree, Count 7: Possession of Marijuana, Count 8: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Tomas Luis Cruz of Columbia: Count 1: promoting Contraband in the first degree, Count 2: Possession of a controlled substance in the first degree-first offense (METHAMPHETAMINE), Possession of Marijuana, Count 3: Possession of drug paraphernalia, Count 4: Criminal trespass in the third degree. Receiving Stolen Property

Zachary T Gray of Burkesville KY: Assault in the third degree- Inmate assault on a correction employee.

Brandon T Dial of Columbia KY Count 1: Theft by unlawful taking/disposition (AUTO) Count 2: operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs-third offense. Count #: Operating Motor Vehicle while license revoked or suspended for driving under influence-first offense (AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE)

Zachary Paul Derman of Columbia KY Trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree-first offense (TWO GRAMS OF MORE OF METHAMPHETAMINE)

Casey J Belcher of Columbia Count 1 Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Count 2: Receiving stolen property-More than $500 but less than $10,000. Count 3: Persistent felony offender in the first degree.

Jeffery Glenn Rowe of Columbia KY. Receiving stolen property- More than $500 But less than $10,000

Norman G Sayers of Liberty KY Count 1: Possession of a controlled substance in the first degree-first offense (METHAMPHETAMINE) Count 2: Public intoxication

Jose Molina of Columbia Promoting Contraband in the first degree.

Zachary Allen Janes of Columbia Possession of Controlled substance in the first degree First offense (methamphetamine)

Mary J Ruby of Columbia KY Count 1: Trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree-first offense (2 GRAMS OR MORE OF METHAMPHETAMINE) Count2: persistent Felony offender in the First degree. Count 3 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Count 4 Possession of Marijuana, Count 5 Illegal possession of a legend drug. Count 6: possession of a controlled substance in the third degree- Drug unspecified

Eric Leland Kazsuk of Russell Springs Kentucky Theft by unlawful taking/disposition $500 or more but under $10,000

Zackrey Tyler Hamlin of Russell Springs KY Assault in the First Degree. Count 2: Persistent Felony offender in the second degree. Count 3 wanton endangerment in the first degree. Count 4 Persistent felony offender in the second degree. Count 5 wanton endangerment in the first degree, Count 6: persistent felony offender in the second degree Count 7 Wanton endangerment in the first degree, Count 8: Persistent felony offender in the second degree. Count 9 possession of a handgun by a convicted felon

Austin Mercer Davis of Denison Texas Theft by Dece3ption INDLUDE COLD CHECKS $10,000 OR MORE

Kali Marie Gomez of Columbia KY Promoting contraband in the first degree.

Angela D Russell of Russell Springs KY theft by unlawful taking/disposition $500 or more but under $10,000

Stephen John Croghan of Campbellsville KY Flagrant NON SUPPORT.

Zachary A Janes of Columbia KY Fraudulent use of a credit/debit card over $500 but less than $10,000

Aaron Lee Garsee of Columbia Bail Jumping in the First Degree

Candice F Potts of Columbia KY Count 1: promoting Contraband in the first degree, Count 2: possession of a Controlled substance in the first degree-first offense (METHAMPHETAMINE)

Steven Dewayne Cortie of Knifley Ky Count 1: Possession of a controlled substance in the first degree-first offense (METHAMHETAMINE) Count 2 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Count 3 public intoxication (EXCLUDING ALCOHOL)

WAIN reminds our listeners that the named above are innocent until proven guilty.

The City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. in City Hall. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the following: Request for zone change from R2 Low-Moderate Density Residential to C-2 Highway Oriented Commercial for a lot located at 401 Tutt Street (PVA Map No. 000-05 11-003.00). Property owned by Dennis Kemp. The hearing is open to the public.

July 27, 2017

On July 26, 2017 the Adair County Sheriff Office responded to a single vehicle accident in southern Adair County at the intersection of 706 & 768. The incident occurred when 35 year old Justin Wallace of Columbia along with a passenger 35 year old Vanessa Perkins of Russell Springs failed to stop at the intersection. The vehicle left Hwy 768 and crossed Hwy 704 traveling across a field and overturning coming to rest on it's top. Both were treated on scene by Adair County EMS. Deputy Brandon Hitch is investigating the incident and was assisted on scene by Deputy Derek Padgett and Constable Jason Rector.