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.

August 24, 2017

Tennessee man arrested following multi state pursuit

26-year-old Andrew Maxfield, of Allonn, TN was arrested on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM CST on KY 738, 2 miles west of Albany.  Maxfield was arrested following a pursuit that was initiated in Tennessee by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  The pursuit crossed into Kentucky in Clinton County and came to an end when Maxfield wrecked his 2015 Toyota SUV in the city limits of Albany near the fairgrounds.  

Maxfield then fled on foot and was later apprehended and charged with Speeding 26 MPH or greater, Driving DUI Suspended License-1st Offense, Failure of non-owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer) and Wanton Endangerment1st Degree.  Maxfield was lodged in the Clinton County Jail.

11 Troopers from Post 15, including 1 Canine unit and officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Albany Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff's Department assisted with the apprehension.  A passenger in the Maxfield vehicle was not charged.   

Teen Charged with Murder

A Teenager is charged with murder following a deadly shooting in Wayne County. The Monticello Police Department says Matthew Young, was found shot to death Wednesday night on Mercer Drive. Police say their investigation led them to arrest a 16-year-old. The teenager is in the Juvenile Detention Center in Adair County. Police say the teen will be returned to Wayne County on Friday to appear in court.

Traffic stop in Taylor County leads to Multiple Charges of a Taylor County Man

While on a routine patrol on West Main Street in Campbellsville Deputy Dickie Benningfield met a vehicle and recognized the as Alexander Bussear. Bussear was known to have several outstanding arrest warrants. While attempting a traffic stop on his vehicle he failed to stop and attempted to evade the Sheriff’s Department. As Bussear’s vehicle traveled down west Broadway the Campbellsville Police Department joined in the chase. During the pursuit Bussear committed numerous traffic offenses including disregarding several stop signs and reckless driving. Bussear used at least 15 different streets in his attempt to evade law enforcement. He was apprehended on Arbor Lane near Highway 210. Five outstanding arrest warrants were served and charges from the pursuit were placed on Bussear. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. Campbellsville Police Officers Sgt Scotty Perian, Officer Jonathan leigh and Corporal Bryon Simpson assisted in the apprehension. Aleander Bussear was charged for feeing or evading 1st degree (motor vehicle0, 3 counts Wanton Endangerment, 6 counts disregarding stop sign, reckless driving, operating on a suspended license, drug paraphernalia buy/possess.