Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Brandy J. Lindsey, Failure to or improper signal. $25 fine issued. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Guilty. $318 total costs.
Garnett R. Clifford, One headlight. License plate not legible. Driving DUI suspended license, second offense. Continue 8/14/18.
Scott Eugene York, Wanton endangerment- first degree. Pleaded not guilty. Preliminary hearing 8/14/18.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
William Dale Bale, Assault, fourth degree dating violence, minor injury. Alcohol intoxication in a public place- first and second offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/28/18.
Robert Eugene Thacker, Theft of services. Failed to appear. $2500 bench warrant issued.
Gerry L Dyer JR., Speeding 18 mph over limit. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. $293 total costs and fines.
Amy G. Jarboe, Theft by deception-include cold checks under $500. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/28/18.
Garnett R. Clifford, One headlight. License plate not legible. Driving DUI suspended license-2nd offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/28/18.
Dustin J. Hunt, Reckless driving. Continue 8/28/18.
Delmichael Q. Youngblood, Failure to produce insurance card. No/expired registration plates. No operators/moped license. Failed to appear.
Aaron D. Husbar, Failure to give right of way to emergency vehicle. Continue to 9/11/18.
Donna Reeves, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition- all others under $500. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/28/18.
Brandi Jean Brown, Cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants, first offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Traffic in marijuana, less than 8 ounces, first offense. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Pleaded not guilty. Preliminary hearing 8/28/18.
Floyd Wayne Gibson, Assault fourth degree, minor injury. Pretrial conference 9/11/18.
Brett M. Vowels, Operating a boat/watercraft under the influence of alcohol, first. Guilty. $318 total costs and fines.
Joshua Alan Brown, Possession of controlled substance, third degree, first offense-drug unspecified. Use/possess drug paraphernalia, first offense. Controlled substance prescription not in original container, second. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Pleaded not guilty. Preliminary hearing 8/28/18.
Jason M. Salyer, Promoting contraband, second degree. Dismissed on motion of County Attorney.
Welsey R. Booker, Possession of controlled substance, third degree, first offense-drug unspecified. Use/possess drug paraphernalia, first offense. Controlled substance prescription not in original container, second. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Pleaded not guilty. $500 unsecured bond issued. Preliminary hearing 8/28/18.
Two Vehicle Collision Involving Teen Results in Fatality
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Kentucky State Police has reported that a Hart County man has died as a result of a two vehicle collision last night.
Officials said that troopers responded to the call at 8:19pm, where two vehicles had collided near the 4300 block of South Dixie Highway (US 31W) in Hart County.
KSP reported that Hailey Wilson (18) of Munfordville, was operating a 2016 Dodge passenger car while traveling southbound on US 31W. Wilson’s vehicle apparently crossed the yellow center line of the roadway into the path of travel of Michael D. Riggs (50) also of Munfordville, who was operating a 1992 GMC pickup traveling northbound. Upon impact, Riggs’ vehicle left the east side of the roadway and caught fire, according to KSP.
Michael Riggs was pronounced deceased on scene by the Hart County Coroner, Reggie Pettit. Hailey Wilson was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the collision.
The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Trooper Daniel Priddy. He was assisted on the scene by Post 3 Troopers, Hart County EMS, Hart County Sheriff’s Department, Hart County Coroner, Horse Cave, Bonnieville, and Munfordville Fire Departments, and Air Methods.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a burglary at Morgantown Road residence.
The Sheriff's Office said that the residence of Wayne Bingham, 4965 Morgantown Road was burglarized recently where multiple items were stolen from the house and a barn.
If you have any information that could help law enforcement solve this crime, you are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157. Deputy Stoney Phillips is investigating.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Two men have been arrested for multiple drug related charges after a visit to a residence from local probation and parole, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said they were contacted after local probation officers stopped at residence on Noah Bledsoe Road for a routine visit to a probated female. According to the Sheriff's Office, officers saw drug related items in plain sight which led to the discovery of a pipe belonging to another male subject at the residence that contained suspected meth and several Xanax pills not in a prescription container.
Another male subject also had more pills in his wallet, according to deputies.
Both Wesley Booker, (27) from Smiths Grove and Joshua Brown (25) from Rock Island, TN were arrested and each was charged with:
School District Implements New Safety Measures: Hi-Tech Door Locks and Ballistic Film For Glass
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County School District has implemented two major safety upgrades for schools across the county this year, in an effort that ECHS Principal Tommy Hodges called being "proactive, not reactive."
All local schools have upgraded their office entry system to video doorbell that will require each visitor to check in with school personnel before entering a school office.
Principal Hodges and front office staff member Danielle Lindsey demonstrated the system today. It consists of a camera and doorbell unit near the office door handle, which remains locked. A person requesting to enter the office either can look in the window of the office door so that office personnel can see you are there, or you can press the doorbell.
Hodges said you'll then be verbally greeted by someone inside through the intercom on the unit and you'll be asked to provide your name and reason for visiting. After showing a valid identification, the office staff will be able to unlock the door from the inside and allow entry.
"We know some might see this as an inconvenience, and no single safety measure is guaranteed to 100% prevent an incident; however, we're trying to implement measures that are the most feasible, and this is one way for us to have more control over who we allow to come into our schools."
ECMS Principal Brandon Prunty said much of the same.
"There's obviously a learning curve with anything new and that's the case here, but we've not heard one negative reaction to the upgraded door," he said.
Also implemented this year is a new ballistic protective film that not only serves as a major upgrade to tempered glass, but will withstand many types of handgun and rifle rounds. Both principals discussed how effective the new film is.
"You're not going to be able to smash the glass with something like a baseball bat," said Hodges. "And it would take someone with an ax upwards of 5 minutes to get through the glass. Even at that, they'd have to figure out how to physically move through it. By that time, we would already have our other safety protocols in place where those inside would be in a safe lockdown."
Hodges also said that even if certain types of firearm rounds were able to penetrate the glass, there would only be holes the size of the bullet itself, not a shattered piece of glass.
According to Superintendent Patrick Waddell, the improvements were an approximate $45,000 investment for the school system.
Each Edmonson County school is still getting used to the doorbell system, and while there were a few reported issues early, Prunty said it's a very effective system that's been welcomed by most all users.
"We ask our visitors to be patient and have your I.D. ready," he added. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of our students is the number one goal here and these are great ways to help us move forward with that."
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Today, the Edmonson County Fiscal Court voted to keep county tax rates unchanged for 2018.
As a result of the vote, there will be a public hearing on the matter on August 27, 8:55am, just before the next scheduled fiscal court meeting in the upstairs room of the courthouse.
The property tax rate was set at 13.9% rate per $100 in value. Also remaining the same were the Tangible Property tax, Inventory tax, Motor Vehicle tax, Water Craft tax and Aircraft tax rates.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County fiscal court was held on Monday, August 13, 2018 in the upstairs courtroom at the Edmonson County Courthouse. The following reports were given by various county offices:
Road Report: County Road Foreman reported that work had completed in District 2 and some finishing touches for District 6 were in progress. Workers are now in District 4 with various jobs. The county mowing crew is currently in the Roundhill area.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the recent felony marijuana arrest that stemmed from a social services child welfare call.
Jailer Hank Vincent reported there are 15 current county inmates at Hart County Jail. One inmate that was previously on home incarceration had that privilege revoked.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander said that candidates for running for school board elections have until tomorrow, August 14th through the end of the workday. The same goes for Brownsville City Council candidated. He also said the upcoming delinquent tax sale is scheduled for September 11th. Alexander added that delinquent tax bills will be released to local media soon.
Parks and Rec: Parks Director A.B. Webb said that youth baseball and softball leagues were officially over and that soccer is ready to start, which has seen an increase in enrollment this year. He said reseeding of the t-ball field at HWY 70 had begun and work on other fields is pending, with needed rainfall. He added that a water faucet had been left on at one of the parks, which caused an enormous water bill. According to Webb, a coach left access to the faucet unlocked and someone later entered and left the faucet on. As a result, an automatic faucet was installed which should eliminate future issues.
Chamber and Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons discussed the upcoming State Fair where Edmonson County Tourism will host a booth. The fair will be held Aug 16, 2018 thru Aug 26, 2018. SPECIAL PROMOTIONS for the fair include: Thursday, August 16 – County Fair Days Friday, August 17 - Alumni Day Saturday August 18 –811 Day sponsored by Marathon Pipe Line LLC Marathon Pipe Line LLC proudly sponsors 811 Day on August 18. The first 811 fair goers will receive a free lunch box. Sunday, August 19 – Military Sunday Salute Military Sunday Salute returns August 19 to celebrate all who serve or have served our country. Free admission is available for military members, veterans and their families (up to 4 people). Details are available on www.govx.com. Parking not included. Tuesday, August 21 - Senior Day All seniors 55 and over receive free gate admission. Parking not included. Thursday, August 23– Carload Day and Kentucky Farm Bureau Day $20 per vehicle, $100 for vehicles with 12+ passengers. Parking included.
The court approved purchase of a 2002 Ford E350 15-passenger transport van for Jailer’s Office at a price of $8,000.
Fiscal Court voted to keep county tax rates the same for 2018.
In addition, the court also:
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Smiths Grove woman is facing multiple drug related charges after the discovery of several marijuana plants growing in her yard today, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said they received a request from local social services for a welfare check at a residence on Oak View Drive, off of Upper Smiths Grove Road around 3pm today. The Sheriff's Office said they discovered two large marijuana plants growing in the yard at the residence. They also reported multiple plants outside in the back of the residence growing in the landscaping.
Deputies then searched inside where they discovered more drug related items. The Sheriff's Office then arrested the resident, Brandi Brown, (38) of Smiths Grove and charged her with:
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
An early morning crash resulted in one local woman being sent to the hospital after her vehicle overturned on Brownsville Road, (KY HWY 259).
Emergency responders were dispatched to the 8400 block of Brownsville Road Friday, August 10th, around 6am where a 2006 Ponitac Vibe had overturned in a ditch.
According to Sheriff Shane Doyle, the vehicle, which was driven by Christine Gipson, (49) of Bee Spring, went off the right shoulder of the road as she was headed north. Doyle said that according to evidence at the scene, she apparently over corrected, which then caused the vehicle to exit the left side of the road. The vehicle traveled into a ditch, overturned completely, then rotated another half turn as the vehicle came to a final rest on its top.
Mrs. Gipson was transported to Greenview Hospital for possible neck and back injuries.
Sheriff Doyle said she was wearing her seat belt and air bags were deployed during the crash.
Also responding were the Rocky Hill and Brownsville Fire Departments, along with Edmonson County JAWS, District 3 Constable, and Edmonson EMS.
*8/10/18, 4:25pm: an earlier version of this story incorrectly named the individual who was first on scene, according to witnesses.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
United Way of Southern Kentucky announced today that it is investing a total of $13,510 in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net programs and services for its July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 funding period in Edmonson County. Nine local programs, provided through six service providers, will receive the allocated campaign dollars and donor designations.
In September of 2017, organizations with programs impacting UWSK’s strategic imperatives in each of the defined Community Impact issue areas (Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net) were asked to submit a Letter of Intent indicating their desire to complete a full application request for funding. Across the region, 63 total Letters of Intent were submitted requesting $1,429,650 in funding. Upon review by the Letter of Intent Committee, 58 of those that were submitted were invited to complete the full application across the 10 county BRADD region.
In March 2018, Edmonson County specific programs who had the opportunity to complete the full application moved forward to a full review and visit with the Allocations Committee. With the full review by the Allocations Committee and recommendation to and approval by the UWSK Board of Directors complete, funding will now be awarded to the programs selected.
In EDMONSON COUNTY, a total of $13,510 was allocated by volunteers led by Edmonson County Chair Craig Browning as follows:
Kindergarten Readiness: Edmonson County FRYSC Camp Kindergarten $5,000
Workforce Development: Edmonson County Adult Education $2,510
Access to Affordable Health Care:
Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $1,500
Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $400
Safe Home & Community:
CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates $1,600
Hope Harbor Community Violence Education & Prevention $500
Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower (ESCAPE): $500
SAFETY NET: $1,500
Access to Basic Needs:
Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $1,000
Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $500
As a result of last year’s funding in Edmonson County, United Way funded programs were able to share some of the following examples of outcomes during the Allocations process (a select few only listed below in addition to many others):
Judge Cannon Throws Out First Pitch As Pantry Brings Home Load Of Donations
Darren Doyle: story, Moriah Peterson, photos:
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lent a helping hand to the Edmonson County Senior Food Pantry Wednesday, August 8th as they offered a $5 ticket to anyone that brought at least two canned or non-perishable food items.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon was also asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Before the game, he joked that was unsure whether or not he could get the ball to home plate.
During an on-field interview with the Hot Rods, Pantry Coordinator Vickie Walker shared her gratitude with the Hot Rods and the fans that brought donations.
"We're a small county, so anything helps," she said. "Going home with one can of food is more than we had when we got here."
Walker was able to return to the pantry with much more than one can. She and Judge Cannon hauled several dozen donated items back home.
Cannon's pitch, in fact, did make it to home plate.
"It wasn't a strike," he said with a smile. "It was low, but at least it got there."
On Monday, local youth Coleton Parsley was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch (a perfect strike) at the ballpark as the Hot Rods took on South Bend. Coleton continues to recover as he started back to school with the rest of Edmonson County students on Wednesday.
2018-19 School Year Gets Underway
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Alarm clocks all over the county were likely sounding off early this morning as Edmonson County schools returned to session for the 2018-19 school year.
All five county schools reported that the first day went smoothly overall as students made their way back to the classrooms for the first time since May. Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools, said today was a great start.
"We have had a wonderful opening day. I have been to all schools and our staff is energized and ready to go. I've spoken to many students who are excited to be back," he said.
Principals and faculty were greeting students at entrances to all schools today.
"Things were off to a very smooth start at ECMS this morning, thanks to the hard work and preparation of the faculty and staff here," said Principal Brandon Prunty. "Yesterday, we had a great opening day at the district level, which left us inspired and in anticipation of a wonderful school year. We're all in agreement that Edmonson County schools are the best anywhere and we are looking forward to building positive relationships with all of our students and their parents."
Prunty also added that new safety measures are in place at the middle school, which includes a new electronic lock and video doorbell system at the main office entry. He also said that the front doors will not open until 7:10 am for student drop offs and has asked that no students are dropped off before then, for their safety.
Kyrock Elementary Principal Shaun Stice gave a similar report for the young Blackhawks that returned today.
"The first day at Kyrock has been fantastic," he said. "The kids were anxious to get back in school and meet their new teachers and classmates. They are all settled in with smiles on their faces. We are very optimistic that this is going to be a great year."
Principal Alan Talley said that students were in great spirits this morning at the EC 5/6 Center as well.
"Our students did an outstanding job this morning returning to school and becoming acquainted with their new teachers and classmates. I can say with confidence our students were excited to return, which was evident by the number of big laughs and wide smiles that were seen throughout the morning."
Superintendent Waddell said all the recent construction projects are finished which should minimize interruptions.
"As always, we have the greatest students and staff that anyone could wish for and I feel blessed to be the superintendent of this awesome county," he added. "Establishing relationships with our students is our number one priority and seeing each individual grow is great experience. We all believe that the 2018-19 school year will be a tremendous year."
Local law enforcement is encouraging all drivers to be aware of school traffic in the early morning and afternoon hours and watch for decreased speed limits in school zones.
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 6, 2018 - Mammoth Cave National Park has taken two new steps to improve river safety for park visitors who utilize water craft on the Green River. The park has installed a new water gauge at the Green River Ferry Crossing, and instituted a new River Response team of employees who are specially trained to deal with a variety of emergency situations along the river.
The park recently installed a new water gauge at the base of the ferry landing at the Green River Ferry Crossing which will now match the real time river level data tracked by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Boaters can access the USGS data through the park’s website at www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/boating.htm to see current water level conditions which will help them better prepare for a river trip through the park.
Frequent river users will notice that the new gauge now reflects a river height based off of the height from the river bed rather than from a set base water level. This means paddlers will now be unable to utilize the river when the level is at or above 20 feet on the new gauge, instead of the previously utilized 10 feet height which corresponded to the old gauge.
“The level of water which triggers the safety closure for canoeists and kayakers has not physically changed, only the measuring instrument we use to make that determination,” said Chief Ranger, Lora Peppers. “Under the new gauge that safety precaution number is reflected at the 20 foot mark. It is the same amount of water, but a different way of reading the levels on the river.”
In addition to updating the river gauge, the park has also formed a River Response Team of park employees who have been specially trained in rescue and response operations for various situations along the river corridor. These employees have undergone extensive training in river search and rescue procedures and are now better prepared to assist park boaters in emergency situations. River rescue operations have been more frequent in the park since the breech and subsequent removal of Lock and Dam 6.
“River levels have dropped several feet from the lack of Lock and Dam 6 which has caused faster moving currents to occur more frequently along the Green River. We have also seen an increase in fallen trees and branches along the waterway which create additional hazards for water craft to navigate around,” Superintendent Barclay C. Trimble added. “While the river is still an enjoyable experience for most water craft, we want our staff to be fully prepared and equipped to assist both within the park and in the surrounding areas when we are able.”
River users are reminded to plan ahead and check current water levels and forecasted weather conditions prior to departing on a trip through the park. River levels can change rapidly and hazards such as fallen or submerged trees and rocks, drifting debris and swift currents exist. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) must be worn at all times and alcohol use is prohibited on the river.
More information about river safety can be found on our park’s website: www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/boating.htm.
Darren Doyle, story:
The failure to pay a taxi cab bill resulted in the arrest of a Brownsville man yesterday after a felony arrest warrant was discovered on multiple burglary charges.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said he responded to a complaint call from an Elizabethtown taxi driver who was waiting in the Minit Mart parking lot on Friday, August 3, 2018 around 1pm. According to Sheriff Doyle, the driver said he had driven Robert "Bobby" Thacker (28), Brownsville, from Hardin Memorial Hospital in E-town to Brownsville. The driver reportedly said that Thacker promised that his girlfriend would pay the bill, which was around $125, once they arrived in Brownsville.
Doyle reported that Thacker said once they arrived, not only did the girlfriend not pay, she was nowhere to be found and had apparently moved out of her apartment and wouldn't answer multiple phone calls.
The Sheriff said that through the investigation, Thacker was discovered to have an outstanding felony warrant out of Louisville for Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, and Possession of Burglary Tools. He was also charged with theft of services.
Thacker was arrested by Doyle and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Caneyville woman was taken to the hospital today after a rollover crash near the Grayson County line, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials responded to the call of the crash on KY HWY 185 approximately one mile from the county line around 4:45pm today. The Sheriff's Office reported that Elizabeth Decker, (65) of Caneyville, was traveling northbound on 185 when for reasons unknown, her 2005 Chevy Venture van exited the left side of the roadway.
Authorities reported that the van traveled several hundred feet and struck multiple trees before overturning.
Decker was transported to Twin Lakes Regional Hospital as a result of her injuries. The Sheriff's office reported that Decker was wearing her seat belt.
Also responding were the Bear Creek and Kyrock Fire Departments, along with Edmonson County JAWS and Edmonson EMS.
The Edmonson County Water District has officially lifted both boil water advisories issued on July 31, 2018 for the areas of Grassland-Blackgold Road, Bullock Road, Holley Springs Church Road, the area between KY HWY 187 and 2270 Sunfish School Road.
Water samples were deemed safe by the KY Division of Water on Thursday August 2, 2018, according to the Edmonson County Water District.
You can contact the local office with any questions at 270-597-2165.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Matthew P. Gibbons, No motorcycle operator’s license. Dismissed. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Dismissed.
Daniel L. Martino, Speeding 15 mph over limit. PTD. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Dismissed with proof shown.
Duston Ross Kirby, Criminal mischief- third degree. Bonded for 8/14/18.
Johnny G. Claypool, Operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs-third offense. Resisting Arrest. Failure to use improper signal. Failure to wear seatbelts. Fleeing or evading police, first degree. Wanton endangerment, first degree. Bonded out for 8/14/18.
The Edmonson County Water District has issued an additional boil water advisory today for a portion of Sunfish School Road, July 31, 2018.
As of 2:00pm, the area between KY HWY 187 and 2270 Sunfish School Road are under the advisory. Nothing past address 2270 falls under the advisory.
The water district said there was a main break in that area. For more information, call the water district office at 270-597-2165.
The advisory given this morning for the Blackgold/Grassland area remains in effect.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Water District has issued a boil water advisory for the areas of Grassland-Blackgold Road, Bullock Road, and Holley Springs Church Road, effective July 31, 2018 due to a main line break.
The announcement also said that the advisory will stay in effect until further notice and will be lifted as soon as water samples are safely approved.
Should any additional information be needed, please contact the water district office at 270-597-2165.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County Tourism has partnered with local multimedia company Studio DD to launch a brand new website in their continued effort to attract tourists to Edmonson County. While the site name remains the same, cavesandlake.com, it's a brand new, made-from-scratch site with updated information and photos, according to Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons.
"While our former site had periodic updates we are pleased to have a fresh, new look with our current marketing theme that coincides with our new brochure, all in time for our Edmonson County booth at the KY State Fair," said Clemmons. "Thousands of pieces of literature will be distributed during the state fair that will also direct potential visitors to the site for more information and to make reservations."
In addition, the group has also begun their own social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram.
Clemmons said that while the former site worked well for the needs at that time, using a local company with local interests to help give their marketing a face lift was the right thing to do.
“Working with Darren Doyle of Studio DD gives us local connectivity for immediate needs and updates.”
Studio DD has built several other local sites including those for Edmonson County Government, EC Industrial Authority, EC Chamber of Commerce, EC Planning Commission, and the county's most popular local site, The Edmonson Voice, which has gathered more than 10 million clicks in less than four years.
Clemmons added that the county tourism office strives to market Edmonson County to create a positive economic impact for the community. Tourism is funded entirely from the 3% tourism room tax charged to visitors on hotel, motel & cabin rentals in Edmonson County.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Denise Christine Barnes, Speeding 17 mph over limit. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, aggravator, first offense. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Pretrial conference 8/28/18.
Joshua Flint, Serving bench warrant for court. Theft by deception-including cold checks under $500. Failed to appear.
Derick Lee Crowder, Assault fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/14/18.
Jason M. Salyer, Promoting contraband, second degree. Continue 8/14/18.
Holly S. Loyd, Theft by deception- including cold checks under $500. Failed to appear. $300 cash bench warrant issued.
Dylan Burba, Possession of marijuana. Failed to appear. $250 cash bench warrant issued.
Jenny Sams, Failure to produce insurance card. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to notify address change to department of transportation. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 8/28/18.
Roy Thomas Trent, Harassing communications. Deferral.
Cody L. Willoughby, theft by failure to make required disposition of PRP. Guilty.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Bank of Edmonson County has reported that an attempted scam occurred this morning, according to a bank customer.
Bank CEO Michelle Coleman said she received a call earlier today from a current Bank of Edmonson County customer who said they received a phone call from the number 270-597-3567.
The customer reportedly said the caller said her name was "Veronica with the Bank of Edmonson County" and asked the customer to verify her account information.
Feeling the call was suspicious, the customer refrained from giving any personal information and contacted the bank.
"The fraudulent caller used what is known as 'Caller ID spoofing,' said Coleman. "They were able to disguise their own number as a local number."
Coleman said Bank of Edmonson County, as most other similar businesses, will not contact customers directly for this kind of information.
"We will never contact customers and ask for account information, as we already have that."
Sheriff Shane Doyle says this type of fraud is becoming more frequent everyday.
"The amount of fraud that's happening worldwide is astounding. From people playing on our elderly and people's sympathy to robocalls and caller ID spoofing, it can be confusing to know what's accurate and what's a scam; however, if something seems off or suspicious, it probably is," he said.
There are mobile apps now available that can help with the identification of spoof or robocalls. One popular app is called "Hiya," which can flag potential fraudulent calls and telemarketers.
Coleman said one can always call one of the branch locations and ask for help.
"You can always hang up and just call us right back," she said. "By calling one of our branches, you know you're speaking with one of us."
Edmonson County Circuit Court was recently held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments in July, 2018.
Billy G Key, Rape in the first degree- domestic violence with serious physical injury. Sodomy in the first degree- domestic violence with serious physical injury. Kidnapping with serious physical injury. Assault in the second degree- domestic violence, two counts. Kidnapping-adult. Wanton endangerment in the first degree, three counts. Sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts.
James Karner, Manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, firearm enhanced. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Unlawful possession of meth precursor, first offense, firearm enhanced. Knowingly possessed anhydrous ammonia in a container other than approved container. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Roy T. Trent, Theft by failure to make required disposition of property. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Marty C. Vincent, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Austin G. White, Forgery in the first degree. Criminal possession of a forged instruments in the first degree. Theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000. Theft of identity of another without consent. Persistent felony offender in the first degree. Burglary in the second degree. Theft of identity of another without consent. Forgery in the second degree, three counts. Criminal possession of forged instrument in the second degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Andrea Eastman, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, first offense- methamphetamine.
Stanley Chapman, Manufacturing methamphetamine, second or greater offense, firearm enhanced. Know possession anhydrous ammonia in a container other than approved container with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, second or greater offense, two counts. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor, second or greater offense, firearm enhanced. Receiving stolen property- $10,000 or more. Trafficking controlled substance, second degree, first offense, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized crime- criminal syndicate. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Shawn L. Tinkham, drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of marijuana- less than eight ounces, firearm enhanced.
Kenneth D. Adamson, theft by failure to make required disposition of property.
Jarrell Boyd, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Melissa Carrier, Flagrant non-support. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Howard Cox, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Kimberly A. Deering, Careless driving. Possession controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine.) Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Charles D. Ford, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others $500 or more. Criminal mischief in the first degree. Criminal trespassing in the second degree.
James T. Ashley, Falsely reporting an incident, alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense. Wanton endangerment in the first degree-police officer, two counts. Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Brian Powell, flagrant non-support.
Joseph L. Lindsey, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Mason Johnson, Trafficking controlled substance, first offense. Trafficking in marijuana-less than eight ounces.
Kelli L. Tinkham, Drug paraphernalia- firearm enhanced. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in marijuana-less than eight ounces, firearm enhanced. Trafficking controlled substance in the third degree, firearm enhanced.
Joshua L. Smith, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Unlawful transaction with minor in the second degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Rebecca Amy Townsend, One headlight. Operating motor vehicle under influence of drugs/alcohol. Wanton endangerment in the first degree, two counts.
Jenny Sams, Fleeing or evading police in the first degree-motor vehicle. Wanton endangerment in the first degree-police officer. Reckless driving. Hindering prosecution or apprehension in the second degree.
Vernon Patton, Trafficking controlled substance in the first degree, first offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Carrying concealed weapon by prior deadly weapon felony offender. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Mathew Martin, Manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, firearm enhanced. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Unlawful possession of meth precursor, first offense, firearm enhanced. Knowingly possessed anhydrous ammonia in a container other than approved container. Drug paraphernalia –buy/possess, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized-criminal syndicate. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Note: An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Moriah Peterson, story:
Fiscal court was held on Monday July 23, 2018 in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse.
County Road Foreman Ray Page reported that Road Crew has almost completed work lists in districts one, two, and three. Work in district 6 will begin once the worklist has been turned in. Mowers are currently in Chalybeate and will move to Wingfield and then Mohawk. Early Saturday morning there were fallen trees and other storm damage on Mt. Zion Rd and in the Wingfield and Mohawk areas. The Chalybeate Fire Department assisted Road Crew in clearing the roads. There were also reports of other trees and limbs down in the Chalybeate area from the storm.
John Kiernan from Parks and Rec reported that Parks and Rec is preparing to attend the Back to School Bash at ECHS on Tuesday evening July 24th.
Judge Executive Cannon urged the need for a public meeting to discuss the acceptance of The Kentucky Wired Project in Edmonson County. The Kentucky Wired Project will begin 2020 and is state project that will run over 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable for high-speed internet in all 120 counties in Kentucky. Cannon reported that the City of Brownsville has chosen to charge a franchise tax to the company that would install these lines in the city, which has delayed the progress of the project.
Cannon said if Brownsville is skipped over during the process, Edmonson County will be left out of this process altogether. He said he hoped there would be a public meeting scheduled sometime in the near future.
Bond insurance to cover all six Constables is $154.86 per year with Roeding Insurance. A motion was made to require all constables to reimburse the County for their percentage of insurance cost. Each Constable has one month to reimburse the county and if they fail to do so, the County would drop their bond which would lead to their removal of Constable.
The Court approved Sunshine Duvall as animal control volunteer at 20 hours per work and on call 3 days a week.
District 6 Magistrate Mark Woosley requested the discussion of the garbage franchise fees and the purchase of the Hines Law building. Judge Cannon said the franchise fees total to around $40,000 per year and are put in the general fund to use as needed.
In regards to purchasing the Hines Law building, Woosley said it would be an opportunity to free up space inside the courthouse and would allow a visitors center, tourism office and a space for the Chamber of Commerce and possibly relocating the County Attorney Office. Judge Cannon said that the need to build a county animal shelter is a more time sensitive issue and that the county wasn't currently financially able to purchase the building.
Rhonda Clemmons gave an update that all volunteer slots for the State Fair booth had been filled. This year’s booth will showcase Nolin Lake and Green River. Anyone interested in helping build or tear down the fair booth can contact her at the Chamber/Tourism Office. She also said that on September 22nd there will be a paddle event and a Chamber of Commerce Cookout on the square after the paddle from 12-2 pm. she also commented that filming efforts in the county are continuing.
During a closed session there was further discussion of the purchase of Hines Law Office building, a pending lawsuit against the County/Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Fortress Group Lawsuit. No motions were made after closed session and no further information was made available.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be on August 13th at 9am in the upstairs courtroom.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Burton Houchin, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Possess open alcohol beverage in a motor vehicle. Failure to or improper signal. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Clifton Simmons, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Anthony D. Brown, following another vehicle too closely. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Continue 7/24/18.
William T. Waechter, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Operating under influence of alcohol/drugs, 1st offense. Continue 8/14/18.
Billy J James, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Joshua Taylor Flint, Operating motor vehicle under the influence or alcohol/drugs, aggravator, 1st offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Kelli L. Tinkham, Trafficking in controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense. Traffic in marijuana, less than 8 ounces, 1st offense. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 7/24/18.
Brett A. Higgs, Disorderly conduct, 2nd degree. Resisting arrest. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/24/18. $2500 cash bond.
Jarom Earl Carter, Driving on DUI suspended license, 1st offense. Failed to appear.
Spencer T. Treece, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to produce insurance card. Amend to all others. Failed to appear.
Dana Marie Shelton, Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Dismissed. Possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Guilty. Total costs and fines $168.00.