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Woman And Two Children Escape And Call For Help
Darren Doyle, story:
A Wingfield man has been charged with a series of gruesome crimes that include various rape, assault, and kidnapping charges involving a teen, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Law enforcement officers received a call on Sunday, May 27th from a panic alarm coming from a Wingfield residence. As officers were en route to the address, they received an additional call from a woman who reported that she and her two children, a young female teen and a 4 year-old boy, had been held against their will by the woman's boyfriend. She also reported that she was the same individual who activated the panic alarm at her residence. The Sheriff's Office said that the woman and her children escaped from the home after the boyfriend fled. They were picked up by a passing motorist who assisted them in calling law enforcement.
According to the Sheriff, one deputy stayed with the victims and called for medical help while other officers arrived at the residence.
According to officials, the woman, whose name was not released, said her boyfriend, Billy G. Key (34) of Wingfield, restrained her teen daughter and abused her. She said Key left the home to pick up the woman from work, but when they returned home, the man then restrained the woman along with the teen and fled, where he reportedly told them he was going to commit suicide.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said an arrest warrant for Key was immediately obtained and the man was soon located at his friend's home in Sumner County, TN. He was arrested by the Sumner County Sheriff's Office on an out-of-state fugitive warrant. Key was reportedly taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Sumner County Jail. He was later expedited to Hart County Jail.
Key was charged with:
Due to the graphic nature, details of the alleged crimes were not released; however, Sheriff Doyle said discoveries made during the investigation were more than enough to obtain an arrest warrant.
The Sheriff's Office said that more charges are pending. If found guilty, Key could face up to life in prison. He is currently lodged in the Hart County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
*update 6/22/18, 1:13pm: The Edmonson County Sheriff's office has updated their report to state that the suspect was found at a friend's house, not brother, as they originally reported, and that the 4yr old was not restrained as originally stated.
Seven Involved In Crash, All Transported To Hospital
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash in front of the Edmonson County Water District on KY HWY 259 around 4pm today.
According to the Brownsville Police, a 1998 black Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Linda Higgs (55) of Brownsville, was heading south. Witness reports and evidence on scene indicated that the truck traveled into the northbound lane for reasons not immediately known, according to police. There were also two passengers in the truck; Brandy Watt (31) and a 5-year old juvenile.
Police said the truck collided with a northbound 2011 Kia Soul, driven by Haley York, (19) of Sweeden. Also in the vehicle was David Wilson (33), as well as a 5-year old and a 1-year old, according to police.
All seven that were involved in the accident were transported to the Medical Center in Bowling Green. Police said the juveniles were wearing seat belts and properly restrained. All others were reportedly wearing seat belts except Mrs. Higgs, according to police. Officials had no update as to the extent of the injuries.
Brownsville Police Officer Dustin Harvey said that the accident is still under investigation. Also responding to the scene was the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Fire Department, Edmonson EMS and the District 2 Constable.
Traffic Stop Leads To Trafficking Arrest
Darren Doyle, story:
A Brownsville man is facing several felony drug charges after a traffic stop on Sunday evening. According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, a deputy noticed that a pickup truck failed to use a turn signal as it pulled onto N. Main St from York St. The deputy said the truck quickly pulled into Mis Amigos parking lot, where the driver got out and appeared to go through items in the truck as law enforcement made contact with him in a traffic stop.
The Sheriff's Office said that that a deputy asked the driver of the vehicle, John R. Meredith, (46) of Brownsville, to leave the items alone and speak with the officer. Officials said Meredith had been named in several other recent interviews in multiple drug complaints. According to the Sheriff's Office, Meredith consented to a search of the vehicle.
Officers found a backpack containing a jar of marijuana and hydrocodone pills in bottles that were not prescription containers. A further search of the area resulted in the discovery of a black box underneath the truck that contained suspected meth, more pills, and items of drug paraphernalia.
Meredith was arrested and charged with:
Wildcats Boast First Ever National Title
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Middle School Academic Team has just been named 2018 National Champions after final scoring has been completed for the tournament system.
According to Head Coach Greg Grey, the championship is similar to a college football bowl system with different criteria. The stats and performances from each of the four regional champions are then compared in order to name the final national winner.
ECMS defeated Paideia Middle School from the Atlanta area in the New Orleans championship game on Sunday, May 27, 2018. It was their 8th win in a row during the tournament and they finished as the only team in the New Orleans competition undefeated. It's also important to note that the Wildcats were able to defeat high profile, private schools in the tournament. Many were stunned by the performance of the Edmonson County, which of course is in a rural, public school system.
Chip Beall, the director of National Academic Championship, informed Mr. Grey this morning that they had officially been named Junior National Academic Champions. According to Mr. Beall, EC edged out Johnson County Middle School (KY) for the National Championship. Johnson County won the Orlando division of the tournament with a perfect 8-0. Edmonson County averaged 414 points per game, while Johnson County averaged 393 points per game.
Based on the rules of tournament, the selection committee has named Edmonson County Middle School as national champions.
Coach Grey reflected on this year's team and discussed how the entire season has been a very long term investment.
"We started practicing in August of 2017 for this tournament and we wound up playing in May and still weren't named national champions until June of this year, so that speaks of just the time investment for just one year," he said.
“Even though Jonas Miller and Brody Johnson led the team in scoring and the tournament staff named Jonas New Orleans MVP, I want to stress that every point by every player really mattered,” he added. "It was truly a team effort. Probably without some points scored at particular times from Taylor Dooley and Meredith Hennion when they did, we probably wouldn't be number one right now, we'd be number two."
Grey said the major difference maker for this team is that they were consistent all year long.
"They never gave up and no matter what the situation has been, they never seem disturbed or shook up. They've just always been able to keep their calm."
Principal Brandon Prunty said the National Championship is a very fitting ending to the already successful season the team has enjoyed.
"Mr. Grey and his coaching staff work tirelessly to prepare these students for the various competitions in which they participate during the year," he said. "To see the entire group rewarded for their hard work is wonderful."
He also added that being able to accomplish such a feat as a small public school in a rural area makes the news much sweeter.
"They outperformed many, many private schools who have virtually unlimited resources. It's all a true testament to how special this group is, including Mr. Grey. I'm definitely a proud principal."
Johnson County, in Paintsville, was named runner-up. It's also a small, rural public Kentucky school.
Now that this season has concluded, the bar has been set at the highest rung. We asked Mr. Grey where the team is going from here:
"Tomorrow I'm taking three middle schoolers to academic camp and we start getting ready for next season," he said.
He has his sights set on winning the state recall tournament, a competition in which they've come up just short, and of course, defending their national title.
"I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of this team. I probably spend more time with them than any of their family members, other than their parents. We practice, go to tournaments on weekends, do things together, and this year has been special. It's really pretty amazing."
Grey said the team plans to construct a parade float for the September Lions Club Fair parade and a new national championship banner is likely coming soon. He also said stay on the lookout for championship t-shirts and merchandise that will hopefully be available soon.
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
A ceremony to honor Noah Bledsoe Rd. to fallen soldier U.S. Army Specialist Elzie Sanders, Jr., who was killed in action on November 12, 1967 in the Vietnam War, was opened with prayer on Saturday morning at Otter Gap Church.
Longtime friend Raymond Durbin spoke first about Elzie Sanders stating “He is still my counselor, my go-to guy and the keeper of my secrets.” After Durbin’s tribute, Sheriff Shane Doyle sang "God Bless America."
Linda Hodges, sister of Elzie, addressed the crowd “Thank you all for giving up your busy day, I know Saturdays are busy, to help honor my brother. This is a great day, a blessing. Since my mom and dad passed, and when I’m gone, I was afraid he would be forgotten.”
During the ceremony VFW Commander Floyd Houston read remarks from Ronald Detmer, a fellow service member who was in Vietnam with Elzie Sanders Jr. :
“I would tell so many stories about Junior in the 7 months we were together in Vietnam, concluding with the day he was killed in action. During a firefight, he radioed back from their corner position that two were wounded and they were taking sniper fire from behind the lines. As the B Company senior medic, I moved up to their position and began to treat the man most seriously wounded, Carl Davis. Almost immediately, a bullet went through my left hand and split my right forearm and wrist wide open. Junior came to my side and stopped my arterial bleeding and bandaged me up, saving my life. Junior then took my med kit over to the wounded man, Carl. He was exposed to more gunfire and was fatally wounded. He was absolutely one of the bravest men I ever knew.”
Before revealing the road sign, Mrs. Hodges continued. “My brother probably walked more miles on this road than anybody did. When he got a bicycle, he rode many miles helping farmers that lived on this road, and when we got his car he burnt the tires off that car on Noah Bledsoe Rd. I hope this dedication is the first of many in the county. I know there are many heroes in our county that died in action.”
The sign on Noah Bledsoe Rd features all the medals Elzie Sanders Jr. received, which include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Purple Heart for being wounded in combat, Bronze Medal for heroism and valor, and the Silver Star Medal, which is the 3rd highest medal for valor in our nation, along with his unit patch.
The dedication sign is located on Noah Bledsoe Rd right outside of the Otter Gap Church. Linda Hodges closed the ceromony stating “I hope in 100 years when people turn on Noah Bledsoe Rd they will see Elzie’s medals on his sign and know that he did something great.”
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office swore in a new special deputy on Wednesday, June 13th. Devin Lindsey, a graduate of ECHS and a longtime Edmonson County resident was sworn in yesterday by Sheriff Shane Doyle.
Lindsey has volunteered in several capacities for the county, which include the Judge Executive's Office and as a Deputy Jailer. He is filling a vacant special deputy's position with the Sheriff's Office.
Special deputies are volunteer positions and are appointed by the Sheriff. Effective July 1, 2018, Edmonson County will have a bit more freedom with special deputies thanks to House Bill 275, sponsored by State Representative Michael Lee Meredith. Sheriff Shane Doyle worked with Rep. Meredith on the bill, which will increase the amount of special deputies allowed by a Kentucky Sheriff's Office.
The current law allows the sheriff of a Kentucky county with a population of 10,000 or more to appoint only one special deputy for each 2,500 residents. Edmonson County has a population of just over 12,000. HB 275, which was signed by Governor Matt Bevin on April 2, 2018, will allow a county with a population over 10K to have up to ten special deputies if needed.
"Special deputies are very important to a county the size of ours," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "While our office has more certified deputies than ever, there are also other needs in our county. Special deputies can assist in so many ways and I'm happy to have the opportunity to add Devin Lindsey to our team."
Lindsey resides in Brownsville with his family.
Santa's Secret Hands Changes Names: Now Incorporated As Non-Profit Organization, 2018 Projects Already Underway
Now Officially Known As Santa's Helping Hands, INC.
Darren Doyle, story:
After thirteen years, the county's most popular charity event has officially become a full non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Today, the group is officially known as Santa's Helping Hands, INC.
According to co-founder Mark Wardlow, who now serves as the organization's treasurer, the newly obtained status will allow them to invest even more money back into their local cause by avoiding sales tax. Wardlow said the group paid tax on over $40,000 in purchase last year alone.
Wardlow said the non-profit status was obtained through the help of attorney Mark Alcott and Shelton CPAs, LLP, who either donated their services or offered them at extremely reduced rates.
"The reason for changing the name from 'secret' to 'helping' is because it's not a secret anymore what we do, we try to help people and we hope to continue helping people in Edmonson County," said Wardlow. "In the past, Jeff Rich and I have made most of the decisions for the charity. Things have changed and we now have a seven-member board. These are people who I believe have the charity's best interest at heart and have been a huge to help to Jeff and I over the last thirteen years."
Wardlow said that all requests for help will now go before the board for approval.
"We will continue to do the exact same things we've done over the last thirteen years, which is to keep trying to assist people in this county only. Our guidelines have not changed, this is a charity for Edmonson County residents only."
Wardlow said SHH INC. will continue to raise money through raffles, golf tournaments, and the annual auction/benefit held each year at the Edmonson County Community Center, which continues to grow each year.
A raffle for a 2018 Club Car Onward golf cart will begin this week, with a limited number of only 150 tickets available. Tickets will be available for $100 each. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing during the Santa’s Helping Hands golf tournament on August 25th at Shady Hollow Golf Club. All board members will have tickets for sale and they will also be available at Cee Bee, Jacob’s Home Furnishings, and Saling's Grocery.
Santa’s Helping Hands board members are as follows:
Vice President-Greg Nugent
Information Director-Mark Rich
Board Member-Danny Hayes
Board Member-Lorie Wardlow
For more information on how you can be part of the projects for Santa's Helping Hands, INC., please contact Mark Wardlow at 270-991-2972.
Edmonson District Court was held Tuesday June 12, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines Presiding.
Noel Jaryn Orellana Carrasco, Speeding 25 mph over limit. Pleaded guilty. $50 fine. No operator’s/moped license. Pleaded guilty. $150 fine, concurrent. Total fines and costs, $293.
Abigal R. Abney, Assault, fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Defer for six months.
David Dakota Forth, Disorderly conduct, second degree. Pleaded guilty, $25 fine. Public intoxication controlled substance, excludes alcohol. Pleaded guilty, $25 fine. Total costs and fines, $209.
Vernon Jeffery Patton, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense- opiates. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Persistent felony offender- first degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/26/18.
Patrica Jane Mills, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Trafficking in controlled substance first degree, first offense- opiates. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Public intoxication controlled substance-excludes alcohol. Carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/26/18
Jerrell D. Boyd, Wanton endangerment, first degree. Operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. Pleaded not guilty to both. Pretrial hearing 6/26/18
Ryan D. Littlejohn, Assault second degree- domestic violence. Violation of Kentucky E.P.O/ D.V.O Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/19/2018.
Jacob Austin Lewis, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense- methamphetamine. Possession of controlled substance, second degree- drug unspecified. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Improper registration plate. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/19/18.
Billy G. Key, Rape, first degree- domestic violence. Kidnapping-minor. Sodomy, first degree w/ serious physical injury. Assault, second degree- domestic violence. Kidnapping adult. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 7/3/18.
Stanley Chapman, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, second or greater offense. Possession of anhydrous ammonia with intent to manufacture meth. Unlawful possession of meth precursor-first offense. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Receiving stolen property of $10,000 or more. Trafficking in controlled substance-second degree, first offense. Continue in one week.
Larry D. Highbaugh II, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense- methamphetamine. Obstructed vison and/or windshield. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/26/18.
Board of Education, Sheriff's Office Work Together To Increase Safety
Moriah Peterson, story:
School safety is being increased this year thanks to a joint effort from the Edmonson County School Board and the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office. According to school superintendent Patrick Waddell, he recently met with Sheriff Shane Doyle to talk about the possibilities of increasing school safety. After discussion and research, both he and Sheriff Doyle felt confident that funding could be found and that school safety could be increased.
Thanks to funding from Title IV Part A, a student support and academic enrichment federal grant, which is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office will be able to provide an additional school resource officer one day a week to serve at South Edmonson Elementary, Kyrock Elementary and the 5/6 Center. This will be in addition to the school's current full-time resource officer at ECHS and ECMS, Chief Deputy Jeff Brooks.
“Having school resource officers in our schools is the biggest deterrent against school violence, and our end goal is to have full time officers in each school," said Supt. Waddell. "This summer, buzzer systems to get into the schools, along with automatic door locks and barrier films over the windows are other ways we are making our schools as safe as we can.”
The new school resource officer’s duties will begin in August when school starts, and it is very likely that the officer will visit multiple schools in the same day.
Sheriff Doyle stated "School safety is a top priority for your Sheriff's Office. Mr. Waddell and I have made a collaborative effort to best utilize this grant. Adding another school resource officer is another step in our effort to boost school safety and security. We're thankful to have a great working relationship with Mr. Waddell and Edmonson County Schools. This addition wouldn't be possible without funding from our school system."
In order to receive this grant, the school had to go through a process which began with consultations with parents, teachers, students, school leaders, local government representatives, and other community partners to see where the grant money would be utilized best. Once consultations took place, Jamie Carnes, Supervisor of State and Federal Programs for Edmonson County Schools, began creating an outline of how the money would be used along with a budget for the available funds. While crafting the application, Carol Stice, Supervisor of Instruction, and Wyn Caudill, Director of Special Education, assisted with ideas to best implement the grant.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to use this money to improve the education and safety within our schools,” said Carnes. “This grant is helping us continue to provide a well-rounded education to our students in Edmonson County.”
A total of $12,764 was received to support both the curricular and safety needs for the students in Edmonson County Schools. The grant will be divided between providing a school resource officer, a music curriculum for the elementary schools, 5/6 center, and the middle school, along with a bully prevention program that will kick off this fall.
Voice Simulator Made To Sound Like Family Member In Trouble
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson Voice was contacted by a local resident Monday morning with a report of a scam that took $1,900 from the resident's elderly parents.
The resident, who asked for neither her nor her parent's names to be published, said her parents received a phone call last week from someone claiming to be a certain family member that was in trouble while traveling in Mexico.
According to the resident, the caller requested credit card numbers. It was unclear whether the couple refused the credit card information or if they didn't have credit cards; however, the caller then instructed the couple to take cash to an area gas station/food mart and purchase Google gift cards.
The resident said that the caller provided names and numbers from those at the American Embassy and read the couple specific laws that that apparently been broken to cause this "trouble" that they faced.
After spending $1,900, the couple soon realized they had been scammed and contacted the Kentucky State Police. The resident said that KSP described the scam as a "high tech operation using voice simulators" to make it sound just like the family member was calling, and that the operation could have much more local ties than it appears.
The resident also said KSP would not likely be able to recover the scammed money because cash was used to purchase gift cards and the numbers of the gift cards were transferred to the caller. The caller's number was tracked to a pay-by-minute phone purchased in Canada.
"They were told a very elaborate story that was very believing and the voice simulator just sealed the deal," the resident told the Edmonson Voice. "This person was begging and crying for their help and played on their sympathy. I have warned my parents so many times about this but they fell for it and others will, too. People are so busy today they forget what kind of a world we live in anymore, but if running the story will help someone else from falling for it then that is what I want."
Trooper Jeremy Hodges said that KSP is currently working more to educate the public on several popular scams that are currently circulating. The above scam is sometimes known as a "Grandparents Scam."
"The caller claims that they're a grandson, granddaughter, or other family member and they're traveling out of the country," said Hodges. "They describe how they've been involved in some sort of traffic violation or other trouble. They ask for money to pay a fine or to use it to get out of trouble in another way, while often asking the grandparents 'don't tell mom and dad.'"
Hodges said that more than $20K has been reported this year alone to the Attorney General's office in similar scams.
Trooper Hodges said by following these guidelines, you can help protect yourself and family members from the next phone scammer:
"Call someone close by that you trust and ask them to help you research the situation. There is usually someone in your family that can find out if another family member is traveling or needs help," he said.
He also said to report any sort of scam attempt to local law enforcement.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
An early morning two-vehicle accident sent one woman to the hospital after a head-on collision in Chalybeate.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office reported that Tyler Brooks, (24) of Wingfield was heading north on KY 743 (Chalybeate School Rd.) around 6:30am today. Sheriff Shane Doyle said that according to scene evidence and witness statements, Brooks' 2014 Chevy pickup drifted into the southbound lane for an unknown reason and collided with a 2012 Toyota Sienna van.
The two vehicles collided just south of Chalybeate Church near Kinser Cemetery.
The van was driven by Tina Tunks, 54, of Brownsville, who was headed south. She was transported to the Medical Center by Edmonson EMS for non life-threatening injuries. Brooks reportedly refused medical treatment at the scene.
Both parties were reported as wearing their seat belts.
In addition to the Sheriff and EMS, the Chalybeate and Brownsville Fire Departments also responded, as well as Edmonson County JAWS.
Moriah Peterson, story:
Fiscal court was held on Monday June 11, 2018 in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse.
County Road Foreman Ray Page reported that more tile work has been done on driveways and county roads and blacktop has been put over the tiles. County mowers are currently working in District one. There is still a large road tile project being completed on Beaver Dam Church Rd.
Sheriff Shane Doyle announced that the school resource officer contract has been signed by the Board of Education. The fee paid by the school has increased from $2330 monthly to $2500 monthly due to the increased time spent in schools from the sheriff's office. He said the school has also received a grant to provide one additional officer one day a week in other schools. Sheriff Doyle also reported that he was contacted by Jailer Hank Vincent, who was unable to attend the meeting, who said that there are 16 total county inmates currently housed at Hart County Jail.
Parks & Rec Director John Kiernan stated baseball and softball are wrapping up and that there are five all-star teams. The soccer board is now offering online applications. He also announced Freedom Fest is set for June 29th at 5pm.
Five regional companies offered bids to fiscal court for road materials for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Judge Executive Will Cannon read the bids aloud and after consideration the court chose to accept all bids based on convenience of location.
The court has agreed to match the $1000 spay/neuter grant that is used for dogs and cats in Edmonson County.
Barbara Fitzugh and the St. John’s Thrift Store was acknowledged during fiscal court for their $300 donation to provide chairs for the Community Center. The chairs have been ordered and paid for, and are awaiting shipment.
Fiscal court also approved a wage increase from $10 per hour to $11 per hour for the county’s Dog Warden Kenny Heath.
After a closed session discussion the court appointed Tammi Whillhite as county treasurer to fill the remainder of an unexpired term that will end on June 30, 2019. It was voted that her position be non-exempt (hourly) and not salary. The wage has been set to $17.00 per hour.
The next fiscal court is scheduled for Monday, June 25, 2018 at 9am.
Darren Doyle, story: Moriah Peterson, photo:
A ceremony for the first county road to be dedicated to a local fallen soldier has been scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Otter Gap Church parking lot at 10am.
Noah Bledsoe Road will be the first county road to be dedicated to a fallen soldier, which will be U.S. Army Specialist Fourth Class Elzie Sanders, Jr., who was killed in action on November 12, 1967 in the Vietnam war. The county passed an ordinance in the spring of this year that will allow the public to memorialize a local county road where a soldier killed in action once lived.
SP4 Sanders' sister, Linda Hodges attended today's fiscal court meeting to present the signs that will be installed by the county road department. Under the ordinance, any county road is eligible to be memorialized if certain guidelines are followed, such as: the fallen soldier must have been a resident of the county and lived on the particular county road for request, must have died in battle with documented proof of service provided, the sign dimension guidelines must be followed, and the county road department must be in charge of the sign installation.
Mrs. Hodges has invited the public to attend the ceremony this Saturday.
"This thrills my heart to know this is happening," she said. "I was always afraid my brother would be forgotten, so I'm very grateful to the county for allowing us to do this."
Both Face Drug Trafficking Charges
Darren Doyle, story:
Two area residents are facing drug trafficking charges after they were arrested at the Beaver Dam Creek Baptizing Center, a property owned by a trustee board made from local churches.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to Arthur Road around 11am on June 7, 2018, after they received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the area. Deputies said at first, no contact was made with any suspicious vehicle but soon after, they saw two vehicles park near each other on the baptizing property.
After surveillance and investigation, a probable cause search of one of the vehicles was executed on site with the help of Brownsville Police and Edmonson County K-9 Unit Tango. Deputies reported that Vernon “Jeff” Patton (55), of Caneyville and Patricia “Patty” Mills, (40) of Brownsville were inside the vehicle where officers discovered multiple bags of suspected crystal meth that were packaged for sale, along with multiple hydrocodone pills and drug paraphernalia. A concealed set of brass knuckles was also discovered.
Patton was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st degree meth-over 2 grams-1st offense, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st degree Opiates-under 10 dosage units-1st offense, Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony offender-1st degree.
Mills was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st degree meth-over 2 grams-1st offense; Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st degree Opiates-under 10 dosage units-1st offense, Drug Paraphernalia-buy/possess, Public Intoxication of controlled substance, and Carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
Both were lodged in Hart County Jail.
The Sheriff's Office wished to publicly thank Brownsville Police for their assistance in the case.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday June 5, 2018. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Bethany Ann Marie Leer, Speeding 21 mph over limit, Will attend county attorney traffic school. Failure to produce insurance card, pleaded guilty $100. No/expired registration plates, pleaded guilty $150.00. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt, dismissed.
Holly Samara Loyd, Theft by deception- include cold checks, Failed to appear. $300 bench warrant issued.
Corey Leonard Chandler, Speeding 17 mph over limit, Failed to appear.
Amit Lamba, Operating ATV on roadway. Possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Pleaded not guilty. Continue 6/19/18.
Jason R. Stanka, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Reckless driving. Pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference for 6/19/18.
Curtis Miller, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, second offense. Reckless driving. Pleaded not guilty. Continue 6/19/18.
Robert Lee Rich, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Failure to wear seat belts. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/14/18.
Lori Ann Bogle, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Disorderly conduct. Resisting arrest. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 6/19/18.
Abigail R. Abney, Assault 4th degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Michael W. Colburn, Terroristic threatening, 3rd degree. Dismissed.
Michael K. Snyder, Escape 3rd degree, Fleeing or evading police, 2nd degree, on foot. Resisting arrest. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 6/19/18.
Scary Looking Scene Turns Out To Be Nothing More Than Odd Incident
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
What looked pretty rough from the highway turned out to be nothing more than some downtime and aggravation for an area construction company when a trailer carrying heavy equipment turned over at the county line on Wednesday around noon.
According to the driver, who did not give his name, he was operating a Volvo dump truck owned by Cornerstone Construction, LLC. He said he was traveling north on KY 101 up Knob Hill and turned left onto Noah Bledsoe Rd. The dump truck was hauling a large trailer carrying a sky-lift/telehandler machine.
The driver said as he turned, he saw the trailer shift and rotate clockwise as it twisted and broke the hitch from the truck. The truck would've likely turned over as well if the hitch hadn't broken loose.
Since the truck had to make a steep climb up the hill, the driver said he wasn't traveling fast enough for the trailer to shift with speed alone, but the trailer had a blown-out tire and tire marks could be seen on the road in the turning path, which he said was a likely explanation.
No injuries were reported and no emergency personnel were called to the scene. A tow truck later came and uprighted the trailer and the scene was cleared shortly after.
Edmonson County Circuit Court was recently held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments in May, 2018.
Brandon Blanton, Assault in the first degree-domestic violence. Kidnapping-adult. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Christopher L. Brown, possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- drug unspecified.
Mathew T. Carroll, possession of controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine. Possession of controlled substance in the third degree. Possession of drug paraphernalia- buy possess. Reckless driving.
Brian Cox, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition- firearm. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Persistent offender in the first degree.
James Crouch, Burglary in the first degree. Theft by unlawful taking-firearm. Theft by unlawful taking over $500. Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Persistent offender in the first degree.
Anthony L. Dale, Burglary in the second degree. Burglary in the third degree. Fleeing or evading the police in the first degree- motor vehicle. Wanton endangerment in the first degree- police officer. Theft by unlawful taking over $500.00. Robbery in the first degree. Theft by unlawful taking or disp all others under $500.00 Burglary in the first degree.
Ryan N. Davis, Operate motor vehicle under influence ALC/Drugs. Fourth offense. Failure to produce insurance card. Failure to wear seat belts.
Caleb C. Dunn, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, First offense (methamphetamine)- firearm enhanced. Fleeing or evading police in the second degree (on foot). Wanton endangerment in the first degree- police officer. Operating vehicle with expired operator’s license. Tampering with physical evidence. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense- Meth- firearm enhanced.
Steven Embry, Assault in the second degree-domestic violence. Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Disorderly conduct in the second degree. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Amanda Garrison, Trafficking in controlled substance in the second degree, first offense-drug unspecified. Tampering with physical evidence.
Ronald G. Dunn Jr., Possession of firearm by convicted felon.
Rebecca Goldsmith, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- meth. Drug paraphernalia-buy possess.
Kyle R. Whittinghill- Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree. Theft by identity of another without consent. Theft by deception under $500.00.
Cody L. Haycraft, Bail jumping in the first degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Brett Higgs, Robbery in the first degree. Theft by unlawful taking or disp all others under $500.00. Burglary in the first degree.
James Johnson, Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess- firearm enhanced.
Marcus Q. Johnson, Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess- firearm enhanced.
Tonya M. Johnson, Trafficking in controlled substance in the third degree-firearm enhanced. Possession controlled substance in the first degree- firearm enhanced. Tampering with physical evidence. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess- firearm enhanced. Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Endangering the welfare of a minor.
Silas D. Kinser, Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree.
Sherman L. Keown, trafficking controlled substance in the first degree, first offense- meth- firearm enhanced. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess- firearm enhanced. Receiving stolen property- firearm. Trafficking controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, firearm enhanced. Tampering with physical evidence. Trafficking controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, meth, firearm enhanced.
Barton A. Houchin, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-meth. Possession of Marijuana, No registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Possession of controlled substance in the second degree- drug unspecified. Reckless driving.
Zachary A. Kinser, Reckless driving. One headlight. Possession of controlled substance in the third degree, Two counts. Unlawful transaction with a minor in the second degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana.
Kristopher D. McCombs, Trafficking in controlled substance in the second degree, first offense- drug unspecified. Tampering with physical evidence.
Ricky Neal Mulllikin, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition from building over $500. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Christian D. Price, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Receiving stolen property- firearm. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Alex L. Perry, Knowing exploit adult by person over $300.00. Forgery in the second degree, twenty counts. Theft by deception over $10,000. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others over $10,000.
Lindsey N. Richards, Trafficking controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, meth- firearm enhanced. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess- firearm enhanced. Receiving stolen property- firearm. Trafficking controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, firearm enhanced. Tampering with physical evidence. Trafficking controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, meth-firearm enhanced.
Sandy N. Riddle, Burglary in the first degree. Theft by unlawful taking, firearm. Theft by unlawful taking, over $500.00. Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Persistent offender in the first degree.
Timothy R. Tomes, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia-buy-possess.
Brent M. Withers, Public intoxication controlled substance- excludes alcohol. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, first offense- drug unspecified. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Note: An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Taxpayers Can Inspect Their Property Tax Assessment From June 4 - 18, 2018
The Edmonson County real property tax roll will be opened for inspection from June 4th through the 18th, 2018. Under the supervision of the property valuation administrator or one of the deputies, any person may inspect the tax roll.
"We encourage everyone to double check their assessment," said PVA Kyle White. "After this period closes, there can’t be any assessment changes to the tax roll. That’s why it is so important to correct assessments now, not in the fall when people receive their tax bills. Once Edmonson County’s tax roll is certified by the Department of Revenue, there can be no assessment changes."
This is the January 1, 2018 assessment on which state, county, and school taxes for 2018 will be due about November 1, 2018.
The tax roll is in the office of PVA in the Edmonson County courthouse and may be inspected between the hours of 7:30am to 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 8:00am to 12 noon on Thursday and Saturday.
Any taxpayer desiring to appeal an assessment on real property made by the PVA must first request a conference with the PVA or a designated deputy. The conference may be held prior to or during the inspection period.
Any taxpayer still aggrieved by an assessment on real property, after the conference with the PVA or designated deputy, may appeal to the county board of assessment appeals.
The taxpayer can appeal his assessment by filing in person or sending a letter or other written petition stating the reasons for appeal, identifying the property and stating the taxpayer's opinion of the fair cash value of the property.
The appeal must be filed with the county clerk's office no later than one work day following the conclusion of the inspection period.
Any taxpayer failing to appeal to the county board of assessment appeals, or failing to appear before the board, either in person or by designated representative, will not be eligible to appeal directly to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals.
Appeals of personal property assessments shall not be made to the county board of assessment appeals. Personal property taxpayers shall be served notice under the provisions of KRS 132.450(4) and shall have the protest and appeal rights granted under the provisions of KRS 131.110.
The following steps should be taken when a taxpayer does not agree with the assessed value of personal property as determined by the office of PVA.
(1) Property owner must list under protest (for certification) what he believes to be the fair cash value of his property.
(2) Property owner must file a written protest directly with the Department of Revenue, Office of Property Valuation within 30 days from the date of the notice of assessment.
(3) This protest must be in accordance with KRS 131.110.
(4) The final decision of the Department of Revenue may be appealed to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals.
Homestead and Disability Exemptions. If a person is age 65 or 100% disabled as of January 1, 2018, they qualify for up to $37,600 exemption in their real estate assessment of their primary residence. If they have signed up in years past, they don’t have to again, and it will automatically be taken off their tax bill.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Dr. Timothy Caboni, President of Western Kentucky University, stopped by our office today as part of the Big Red Caravan tour; an initiative that will bring the president through 27 counties in the western and southcentral Kentucky area.
While we discussed several topics that affect Edmonson County WKU students, the first item of discussion was his signature bow tie.
"Coming from New Orleans, folks not only wear bow ties, they wear seersucker and white bucks," he said with a laugh. "I was in Kansas for six years and as you can imagine, some saw it as an oddity. People would ask me, 'are you really going to wear that bow tie?' and I would say 'well, I've been wearin' it about as long as I can remember, so--YEAH.' And then, they thought "Matlock" had showed up when I broke out the white bucks and the seersucker, but it's a New Orleans-ey thing. Being from the south, we dress a certain way and when it's a hundred degrees, I don't want to wear a wool suit and big strip of material. It's just cooler to wear."
The conversation then switched to more serious topics; such as rising tuition, parking issues, and the importance of building relationships with local communities and areas like Edmonson County.
"Affordability is a major concern," he said. "We want to make sure we stay accessible to anyone that wants to come to the hill."
He said that WKU is working on shifting their policy to provide more financial aid opportunities to more students. "We're going to continue our focus on merit aid; to attract the best and brightest students that we can, but we also know the pressure on families to afford a college education are difficult, so we've really taken a close look at our financial aid and scholarship program, and try to figure out how it is we get more of that into the hands of more people, and so we're going to stay committed to that."
He then discussed the competitive marketplace with comparisons to the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, where he felt strongly that WKU offered more for less money.
"Full professors teach you in your freshman year, (they) know your name, see you outside of class, ask you how you're doing, wrap their arms around you, get you to graduation in four years; if you want a research experience, you get it as soon as you're ready in your freshman/sophomore year--in a way that's connected to a career, not just sitting in a room, pushing a button or poking a rat; a total college experience in the best college town in the Commonwealth, an hour north of the hottest city in the country--and here's the affordability piece--tens of thousands of dollars less than those other alternatives. Why wouldn't you want to come to WKU?"
He carried the conversation right on to parking, which also related somewhat to the comparison of other major universities in Kentucky as he discussed WKU's physical campus, which is becoming known for its aesthetics and beauty as much as anything else.
"One of the ways we've been addressing this is by building parking structures, not just flat surface lots," he said. "Part of the challenge we face is helping students not to go to the usual places they might find parking, but to know there are 300-400 parking spots in parking structure three. That's by Creason Street on the south end of campus."
He said that if you have class on the hill, and you park in that structure, you're going to park then hop on a bus, which takes a bit more time, but he said he understood that; however, the advantage would be to keep the spectacular campus intact without little parking lots popping up all over.
"It wouldn't be that spectacular if we had parking lots strewn all across campus, so it's a give and a take. We want to think even more creatively about how it is we help young people who come to campus know where they should go to park. Sometimes technology can help with that."
He then discussed an addition that could be beneficial on campus that works like an airport. He compared lots at the Nashville airport.
"You pull into the airport and it will tell you: 'in this lot there are this many spots available--this lot--this many spots,' and so we're working toward being able to do something similar to that. As folks are coming toward campus, they don't go to the lot where there's one spot left and they're hunting."
He also mentioned efforts to increase opportunities for non-traditional students that will include more online courses, more efficient satellite campuses in Owensboro, Glasgow, and E-town, and less red tape and bureaucracy in those processes.
As Dr. Caboni concluded his interview and began to shift the focus on a barbecue plate from Walden's, he wanted Edmonson County to know that the purpose of the Big Red Caravan tour was to understand the communities from which so many of WKU's students come. He posed the question of how can the university truly be Western Kentucky University if the university doesn't understand western and southcentral Kentucky?
"We have to get down off the hill," he said. "We have to engage with our community. We have to lift the red and white curtain that sometimes exists around the institution, and we have to get out and be with the folks we're built to serve to actually understand what we need to be doing better."
He added that in his experience as a professor, an administrator, and a president, he's learned that the best way to understand your community is not by sitting in an office.
"You've got to get out from behind the desk and you can't only talk to your major gift donors. You've got to talk to every person that has an interest in the institution. I'm fortunate that I grew up in a community where doing business happened over a cup of coffee or in the community. My grandmother owned an antique store in the French Quarter. My grandfather helped make bread bags for French bread in New Orleans. The way they did business in New Orleans was by sitting down and visiting with folks, and the only way you advance institutions is by developing real relationships with people who care about the university."
He ended the discussion with a firm handshake, a couple of photos, and more talk about barbecue, but said he'd be back in Edmonson County soon. He had already traveled to Morgantown earlier today and was scheduled to travel to Grayson County after meeting with Edmonson County Superintendent of Schools, Patrick Waddell.
He said his focus for the current 170 Edmonson County Hilltoppers and the 500 + alumni members was to ensure them that WKU is a place not only to get an education, but also to enjoy basketball and football games, other events, attend concerts, and be part of an institution that is a community and student partner. The sheer fact that his office contacted us and initiated an interview is certainly indicative of his attempt at bringing WKU and Edmonson County students together.
You can follow Dr. Caboni on Twitter, @caboni.
Community Celebrates Return Of Coleton Parsley After 5-Month Recovery Process
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Family, friends, and community members lined both sides of the road at the Chalybeate Sports Complex on Sunday, June 3, 2018 as they cheered for local hero, Coleton Parsley, as he rode in the front seat of a Chalybeate fire truck in his return home celebration after a grueling five-month stay in hospitals and rehab centers as a result of a devastating sledding accident in January.
Hundreds of people gathered in Coleton's honor at the park to celebrate his return home. There were bouncy houses, music, food, hugs, prayers, and tears of joy as what once looked like certain doom had now been changed to celebration.
Coleton's father, Brian Parsley addressed the crowd shortly after they arrived in the parade, which was made up of local emergency vehicles.
"There's no way Heather and I could ever say thank you enough to everyone that's supported us. It goes beyond words because 'thank you' is not enough," he said as his voice wavered. "It's been the most humbling situation to see this community, churches, and so many people far and near come together on Coleton's behalf. We're all grateful. Most of all, we want to say we're thankful for the prayers. We know that's what's got us and Coleton to where he's at. That's why his shirt says Proof that God answers prayers."
He then asked his brother in law, Bro. Joseph Wyatt, an area minister, to come forward and lead the crowd in prayer before food was served.
Before Bro. Wyatt led the prayer, he shared an inspiring story that helped him and other family members to remain faithful during the long recovery process.
"Back when Coleton was at one of his worst spots after God had answered my prayer and let me know he was going to make it, one morning I was sitting at the breakfast table and the Lord let me see in a vision," he said with tears in his eyes. "All I could see was a sign that said 'Welcome Home Coleton.'
He said his wife came in the room and asked him what was wrong, as she could see a different look on his face.
"I said there was going to come a day when there's going to be sign hung somewhere that says 'Welcome Home Coleton' and you'll see a lot of people there. So I'm thankful I got to be a part of this day and for what God has done."
He then asked all of Coleton's family members in attendance to join him in prayer as they all bowed together. Bro. Wyatt then led a very heartfelt prayer that moved many members of the crowd.
Coleton was presented his own custom fire helmet as he was named an honorary member of the Chalybeate Fire Department. He was also issued his own official unit number, 661.
Coleton sustained life threatening injuries when he struck a utility pole after being thrown from a sled on a family farm on January 13, 2018. His family immediately reached out everywhere for everyone to pray for Coleton. Over the course of five months and stays in Nashville and Atlanta hospitals and recovery facilities, his condition began to slowly improve and the family finally made their way back to Edmonson County last week.
Coleton will still undergo therapy three days a week, but is expected to make a full recovery. His mother, Heather, plans to return to work this month at Brownsville's A+ Family Healthcare Clinic after a lengthy leave of absence during Coleton's recovery.
Coleton was all smiles as he enjoyed the rest of the afternoon's celebration with his family, friends, and community.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday May 29, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
James T Ashley, Safety fitness procedures. Amended to falsely reporting an incident. Alcohol intoxication in a public place 1st and 2nd offense. Wanton endangerment 1st degree- police officer. Pleaded not guilty to all. Preliminary hearing 6/5/2018.
Kimberly Ann Houchin, Careless driving. Possession of controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense-Meth. Possession of controlled substance 1st degree- 2nd or more offense, amended to drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Preliminary hearing 6/12/18.
Tommy G. Hayes, Alcohol intoxication in a public place 1st and 2nd offense. Possess open alcohol beverage container in motor vehicle. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/12/18.
Jefty Meredith, public intoxication controlled substance-excludes alcohol. Failed to appear. $1000 bench warrant issued.
Mary Anne Phelps, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Both charges dismissed with proof shown. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Leaving scene of accident/failure to render aid or assistance. Pleaded not guilty to both. Pretrial conference 6/12/18.
Joseph Lindsey, Fleeing or evading police, 1st degree. Wanton endangerment-1st degree-police officer. Pleaded not guilty to all. Preliminary hearing 6/5/18.
Jenny Sams, Fleeing or evading police, 1st degree. Wanton endangerment-1st degree-police officer. Reckless driving. Pleaded not guilty to all. Preliminary hearing 6/5/18.
Robert S Elmore, Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Guilty. Court costs $154.00.
Patrick N Blanton, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Guilty. 6/26/18 sentencing.
Amit Lamba, Operating ATV on roadway. Possession of open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Operating motor vehicle under/influence of drugs/ alcohol. Continue 6/5/18.
Nicole Ashley Frederico, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Guilty. Fines and cost $293.00.
National Winner To Be Named Upon Completion Of All Regional Competition
Darren Doyle, story: photos courtesy of ECMS
The ECMS Academic Team could very well be named National Champions for the first time in school history, after claiming a victory in today's National New Orleans Championship game 440 to 300.
Edmonson County won an amazing six games in a row on Sunday to set up the semifinal game against the Arkansas state champs, Pulaski Middle School, 525-220.
Sunday's unprecedented competition from Edmonson County began with a 385-125 win over Oak Park (Decatur, AL), and another win, 395-120 over Golden Meadow A from Louisiana. The biggest win arguably came after defeating last year's defending national champions, Chaffin, an Arkansas school 370-275. ECMS went on with three more wins over Louisiana, Georgia, and Oklahoma schools.
ECMS defeated Paideia Middle School from the Atlanta area by score of 440 to 300 in the New Orleans championship game.
The team is made up of Taylor Dooley, Jonas Miller, Brody Johnson, Meredith Hennion, Evy Bolton, Derick Jaggers, Madison Atkins, Emma Sackett, and Haleigh Lindsey.
"The overall National academic champion will be declared later next month following the conclusion of all the national regional competitions," said head coach Greg Grey. "The undefeated Wildcats have a great chance to win it all."
High Speed Pursuit Results In Arrest of Wanted Felon
Darren Doyle, story:
Sheriff Shane Doyle recently announced that summer season lake patrol had begun in the Nolin area, thanks to additional funding from the US Army Corps of Engineers, which covers the cost of overtime for local officers to do so. That extra patrol resulted in eight different arrests this past Saturday night alone, including a pursuit that ended in the arrest of a wanted felon.
The Sheriff's office conducted a traffic safety checkpoint on May 26th at Nolin Dam while extending traffic enforcement in other lake communities later in the evening. Summertime months usually bring increased alcohol related offenses and impaired driving to the area. According to the sheriff's office, the extended patrolling can reduce the frequency of these issues.
During the safety checkpoint, deputies reported that they witnessed a vehicle make an Illegal u-turn at the checkpoint and flee on 728 towards Hwy 259. Deputies followed the driver in an attempt to make a traffic stop but the driver continued to flee onto Jock Road. The pursuit then continued north on 259 into Grayson County and the sheriff's office said they requested the help of Brownsville PD, Leitchfield PD, and the Grayson County Sheriff. During the pursuit, speeds reached over 100mph, according to authorities.
The vehicle was stopped at Ralph's Market where deputies found Joseph Lindsey, 27, of Brownsville as a passenger, and Jenny Sams, 40, of Glasgow as the driver. Through the investigation, deputies learned that the car fled because Lindsey was wanted on a bench warrant out of Edmonson Circuit Court for DUI, Felony Assault, and Criminal Mischief, and that Lindsey admittedly told Sams to flee on his behalf.
Sams and Lindsey were charged with Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree motor vehicle, and six counts of felony wanton endangerment. Sams faces an additional charge of Reckless driving.
In addition to this case, three other DUI arrests were made over the weekend: Robert L. Rich, 55, of Campbellsville, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle u/influence of ALC/drugs 1st off and Failure to wear seat belts; Samuel H. Griffin, 22, of Hartford was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle u/influence of ALC/drugs 1st off and Possession of open alcoholic beverage container; Amit Lamba, 19, of Louisville was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle u/influence of ALC/drugs 1st of, Operating ATV on a roadway, and Loss of open alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that traffic checkpoints paid off again, by getting impaired drivers off the road.
"Our partnership with our friends at Nolin Lake allows us to extend our patrols and focus in areas where we suspect impaired driving is increased," he said. "The whole purpose of these safety checkpoints is to decrease impaired driving and other illegal activities. We also appreciate our other local agencies for their great work as well."
The Sheriff's Office also served arrested warrants on two other individuals during the weekend.
Local Organizations, Elected Officials, and Scouts Lead Ceremony
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Dozens gathered at the Veterans Courtyard today on the Edmonson County Courthouse Square to honor veterans and their sacrifices at the annual Edmonson County Memorial Day Ceremony.
The ceremony featured guest speaker, U.S. Army Ret. MSgt. Larry Hawks, an Edmonson County native, who was introduced by friend, Eric Spainhoward. Also featured speakers were State Rep. Michael Lee Meredith and Judge Executive Wil Cannon.
Jack Hasty, local DAV Commander, welcomed all guests while the flag was presented by VFW Post 6937 Honor Guard, Girl Scout Troop 313, and Boy Scout Pack 597. Both the boy and girl scouts were instrumental in today's ceremony.
Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle sang The Star Spangled Banner just before the invocation was delivered by Bro. Jerry Patton. Other special music was provided by the group Victory Voices.
DAV Adjutant Penny Saltsman recognized more than three dozen local veterans that were in attendance today and Maurita Miller was recognized at the state level as she was presented a certificate from Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Heather French Henry, by Magistrate Joe Durbin.
Miller then read a tribute to this year's featured local fallen soldier, Walker B. "Dink" Sanders, who was killed in action during WWII.
The names of all local veterans lost in action were read as the bell was tolled in their honor. The ceremony concluded with an emotional 21-gun salute by the local VFW Honor Guard and "Taps," which was played by Benny Durbin.
Fiscal Court Recap, May 25, 2018: County Moves Forward With Lawsuit Against Park Mammoth, No Action Taken For Replacing County Treasurer
Grant Request For Dispatch Center Approved, Community Center To Purchase New Chairs
Darren Doyle, story:
A special session of Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held today instead of Monday, May 28th, due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.
The county is proceeding with a lawsuit against The Fortress Group, which operates under the name (dba) Park Mammoth. According to Judge Executive Wil Cannon, Park Mammoth owes more than $80,000 in unpaid Room and Recreational taxes to the county. Rec taxes go directly to Parks and Rec while room taxes go directly to Edmonson County Tourism.
County Attorney Greg Vincent said that the lawsuit was officially filed the day after the announcement was made on May 14th and Sheriff Shane Doyle confirmed the papers had been served.
Judge Cannon said that the March payment from the group which was first said was to have been insufficient at the last fiscal court meeting eventually cleared the bank. According to the civil suit documents, the county is suing for $85,849.33, which includes back taxes, interest, attorney fees, and court costs.
Other county offices gave reports at today's meeting including the road department.
Assistant foreman Greg Carroll said crews had replaced several road tiles, including the oversized units on Beaver Dam Church Road. He said the department's new wrecker was used in the installation which made the operation much more efficient. He reported that the old tiles were recycled.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle updated the court on the hectic night last week for local law enforcement when three major calls all landed at the same time. He also reported that a new patrol vehicle had been purchased by his office and is currently being outfitted with a police package. All of the money used in the purchase came from seized drug money from convictions stemming from arrests made by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
County Clerk Report: County Clerk Kevin Alexander reported on the recent election, which he described as an "uneventful day," and used the term as a positive attribute. He said two precincts had a couple of machine errors at first due to some perforated ballot issues, but all were corrected under the supervision of both republican and democrat members of the election board.
Helen Siewers, from Cave County Trails, also spoke at today's meeting: The group is made up of tourism personnel from Edmonson, Hart, Barren, and Warren counties and funded through local tourism commissions. The group promotes hiking, biking, equestrian trails and water sport trails. She asked for court approval to incorporate county roads for a bike trail that would link two major bike routes: one west/east route beginning in LaRue County, to one north/south route that extends to Tennessee.
No funding was requested, but rather the approval of an ordinance that would allow local roads to be included. The ordinance was read and approved. The local route enters the county in the National Park, travels along Silent Grove Ch Road, KY 259 to Rocky Hill, then outside of the county.
Blue Lights For Animal Control Vehicle Denied: Judge Cannon said he had received a formal request from animal control officer Kenny Heath for installation of blue lights on the animal control vehicle. According to Cannon, Heath said the lights would be for safety purposes.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said according to state law, an animal control vehicle alone is not considered an emergency vehicle that qualifies for red or blue emergency lighting. Judge Cannon suggested possible yellow lights instead, and a motion was made to allow the officer to install yellow and white lights on the vehicle, where the motion passed.
The court also approved:
The court went into closed session for the purpose of discussing the appointment of a new county treasurer. No action was discussed on the matter once open court resumed.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for June 11, 2018 at 9am.