Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A 2012 GMC Sierra reported stolen on January 30th was recovered the next day by the Kentucky State Police and the Butler County Sheriff's Office, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office. An investigation from the EC Sheriff has resulted in an arrest pertaining to the case.
Joseph Coin of Morgantown, Ky, was arrested on February 14, 2019 and charged with Theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony. He was lodged in the Hart County Jail.
The case is still under investigation and more arrests in Butler and Edmonson counties are expected.
"We thank the Butler County Sheriff's Office and The Kentucky State Police for their help and assistance in this case," said the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office in a statement.
Edmonson County Property Value Administrator (PVA) Kyle White has released the following legal notice to all Edmonson County property owners. White said all owners greatly benefit from staying informed about his office and the different options available to them.
"The most common question we have is about the Homestead and Disability Exemptions," said White. "The amount has increased for the 2019 tax year from $37,600 to $39,300. A taxpayer who qualifies can receive up to this deduction if they qualify for one of the exemptions. For homestead, you have to be age 65 anytime in 2019, own, and occupy the home. For disability, you have to be 100% disabled and currently receive benefits for the entire year of 2019, while owning and occupying the home. The full deduction equals around $360.00 in savings for the taxpayer."
Brought to you by the Edmonson County PVA Office of Kyle White, Edmonson County Courthouse, PO BOX 37, Brownsville, KY, 42210. 270-597-2381.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Brownsville City Council has unanimously agreed to move forward with the KY Wired project involving South Central Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, or SCRTC. The city had a special called meeting on January 28, 2019 where 5 of the 6 city council members were present. All that were present voted to sign the agreement. The next meeting took place on Monday, February 4, 2019, where the second reading of the unanimous vote occurred.
City Councilman Greg Nugent said while the official signing has yet to take place, he said it's a matter of attorneys preparing documents and both parties getting together. Both parties have agreed to the language in the franchise agreement.
"The city wanted a commitment from SCRTC that they would provide service to Brownsville," said Nugent. "Once they agreed to that, then things started moving well."
SCRTC General Manager Jeff Eaton said that when the first attempt at signing a franchise agreement didn't work, they recommended for Brownsville to take Warren County's franchise agreement and mirror it, something Eaton said the city did.
"I think this franchise agreement will benefit the both of us," he said. "Once we sign the agreement, we'll start the prep work where the new fiber will come from the 101/31W area of Chalybeate Springs all the way into Brownsville."
Eaton said they try to bury as much of the cable on private-owned right-of-ways as possible, with others buried on state right-of-way. He said what goes into the city will be elevated on poles.
"We'll have to finish the project through the state KY Wired Project first, then look at building out from there."
While many county and city residents are looking for better internet service options, those options are not likely to be available anytime soon. Eaton said the entire process could take up to as much as 12 months, give or take, and of course much of it depends on the weather. He said the past 18 months have been the wettest he's seen in this business.
Nugent said once SCRTC agreed on the service to Brownsville, the rest of the franchise talk got on the same page quickly. Eaton said that there were major contrasts from what was in the Warren County contract versus what the city of Brownsville originally requested; however, both parties have moved past all that and are ready for the project to progress.
"We really appreciate how SCRTC has handled everything," Nugent added. "It's going to take a while, but we need this in Brownsville. We need more options here in Edmonson County. This won't guarantee service everywhere in Edmonson County, but it's a least a start. It's a win-win for everyone."
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, February 4, 2019. The Hon. Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Jefty E. Meredith, Public intoxication, controlled substance- excludes alcohol. Guilty. Two days in jail, concurrent with time served, plus court costs and fines of $184.
Wesley G. Roberts, Convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Attempted murder. Attempt murder. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial hearing 2/1/19.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. The Hon. Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Tod Alan Corzine, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance. No tail lamps. Bonded for 2/26/19.
Victor Robert Milam, Speeding 15 mph over limit. Will attend county attorney traffic school. Failure to produce insurance card. No/expired Kentucky Registration Receipt. No/expired registration plates. Dismissed on motion of county attorney.
Adam C. Corzine, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense-methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Illegal possession of legend drug. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 3/12/19.
Dustin J. Hunt, Reckless driving. Will attend county attorney traffic school
Brittany Jean Peay, Speeding 18 mph over limit. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. OBS possession of marijuana. Will attend county attorney traffic school.
James M Hill Jr., Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Failed to appear. $250.00 bench warrant issued.
Johnathan Travis Smith, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance, second degree- drug unspecified. Failed to appear. $500.00 bench warrant issued.
Lemuel Dew Lamastus, Alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense. Disorderly conduct, second degree. Criminal Trespassing, third degree. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Timothy W. Taylor, Receiving stolen property under $10,000. Failed to appear. $1000 bench warrant issued.
George Theodore Rollenhagen III, No/expired registration plates. Improper registration plate. Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Possession controlled susbstance, second degree- drug unspecified. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance, second or greater. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Albert Calaxto Alfonzo, Speeding 11 mph over limit. No operators/moped license. OBS possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failed to appear. $250.00 bench warrant issued.
Heather D. Milby, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failed to appear. $1000 bench warrant issued.
Aaron Vincent Murphy, Improper display of registration plates. Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failed to appear. $1000 bench warrant issued.
Elizabeth Ann Adams, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 2/26/19.
Scott Zacharias Tobias, Violation of Kentucky E.P.O/ D.V.O. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 2/26/19.
Savannah D. Wells, No/expired registration plates. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 2/26/19.
Joseph Sherk, Display/ possession of cancelled/fictitious operators license. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 3/12/19.
Michael Hartenhoff, Speeding 21 mph over limit. Disregarding stop sign. Will attend county attorney traffic school. Improper display of registration plates. Improper equipment. Rear license not illuminated. Dismissed on motion of county attorney.
Cody Vincent, Careless driving, improper registration plate. OBS failure to issue insurance card. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 2/26/19.
Cody D. Honeycutt, Driving on DUI suspended license- first offense. Pleaded not guilty. No expired/registration plates. No/expired registration receipt. Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first. Pretrial conference 3/12/19.
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held on Monday, February 11, 2019 in the upstairs courtroom of the county courthouse. The following reports were given from different county offices:
Road Report- Assistant County Road Foreman Greg Carroll reported that the gate company installed the new electric gate last week. The road crew did some of the installation themselves, which saved around $500.00. With all the rain recently, parts of the county received 3 inches of rain and many bridges were flooded. Greg also reported one of the pickup trucks has a wiring issue and is currently being serviced and that mowing is in district 5.
EM Director Report- EM Director Terry "Moose" Massey reported a total of 9 recent emergency runs to the court.
Sheriff Report- Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that deputies were able to recover several stolen vehicles, all of which were unrelated incidents. Doyle also reported that Deputy Stoney Phillips held a training on Saturday for special deputies and constables. Doyle will also be holding a legal training for special volunteer deputies and constables this week. Multiple vehicle repairs were recently needed, to include replacing a starter on the older Ford Explorer, brakes and rotors on Deputy Stoney’s vehicle, and Deputy Skaggs' vehicle is currently being serviced. Sheriff Doyle told the court that deputy radios weren’t working properly and they are looking into whether it is a connection issue or if the equipment is faulty due to age. Doyle stated that the radios are their lifeline and that they must work properly. Doyle also said some of the deputies also need new boots and uniform attire and reminded the court that those items were removed from his budget. He said these items couldn't be purchased in the current budget.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon recommended that the court revisit the budget and try to add funding back to Doyle's office so he can upgrade equipment and provide uniforms when needed. The court has added these concerns to the next fiscal court agenda.
Jailer Report- There are currently 17 inmates at the Hart County jail, along with two on home incarceration. One ER visit was reported, along with rear shocks being put onto the van.
County Attorney Report- Greg Vincent reported full payment has been received and the case between the fiscal court and the previous county clerk has been officially closed.
County Clerk Report-- Kevin Alexander reported the statewide elections for governor will be in May. The only upcoming local race will be in the fall for a school board member.
Parks & Rec Report- Parks director A.B Webb reported the bathroom remodel at the HWY 70 ballpark is almost complete.
Tourism- Rhonda Clemmons stated the membership drive is still going on. The next tourism meeting will be on 2/19.
The court approved the appointment of Amy Heath to finance officer.
A spokesperson from the 2020 Census also spoke during the meeting. The Census is looking to fill part time jobs within the county. At the time of the census, employees must be 18 years or older. This is a work-from-home position with paid training and the ability to earn $14.00 per hour. The census provides demographics information for our area. The 2020 census will be 100% online and citizens can utilize the library to complete the census. Visit 2020census.gov/jobs to apply.
The court acknowledged Judge Executive Wil Cannon’s proclamation of February 16th-23rd as FFA week. In response to this proclamation County Clerk Kevin Alexander and David Embrey, of the extension office both spoke of the importance of programs like FFA, 4-H and the Kentucky Proud. Alexander stated that March is Ag tag month and over the years they have seen a decline in the optional $10.00 donation.
Embrey said many people aren’t aware that those donations come right back to the county and is split between Kentucky Proud, FFA, and 4-H. Those donations help make 4-H camp possible for many children who wouldn’t be able to attend otherwise. Stay connected to the Edmonson Voice for more information on this within the next few weeks.
In response to the heavy rain fall the county has been receiving, Magistrates Corey VanMeter and Mark Meeks both ordered high water level signs for certain bridges within their districts to alert people of the possibility of flooding during heavy rain. The road crew has been working diligently to get road closing signs put into place as early as possible to prevent accidents due to flooded roads. The public is reminded to stop at the closed signs instead of driving further down to see flooded bridges, as there are sometimes no places to turn around past the signs.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Warren County Grand Jury has returned an indictment on a Richardsville man for multiple sex abuse charges.
On February 6, 2019 KSP Post 3 detectives presented a sexual abuse case to the Warren County Grand Jury. This case had been under investigation since 2016, and involved 3 juvenile victims.
The Warren County Grand Jury returned an indictment on James Dixon (69) of Richardsville, KY for the following charges stemming from the investigation:
Dixon was arrested on February 10, 2019 by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail. KSP Post 3 was assisted by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being led by Post 3 detectives.
Father and Son Face Drug Charges
A father and son have been arrested for multiple drug charges after a traffic stop on Union Light Road.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, deputies stopped a white Ford Explorer pulling a trailer for a broken tail light and no trailer lights while on local patrol Saturday night around 9:30pm.
During the stop, deputies discovered an active arrest warrant from Barren County on the passenger, identified as Adam Corzine, (31) of Mammoth Cave. Officials reported that multiple ambien pills were found on his person with other drug paraphernalia. A probable cause search of the vehicle found a container with suspected methamphetamine inside, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Adam Corzine was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st deg 1st off Meth, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, and illegal possession of legend drug, he was also served with his bench warrant.
Todd Corzine, (57) also of Mammoth Cave, who was identified as the driver, was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-first degree-first offense (meth), No tail lamps, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance, and Failure to register motor vehicle transfer.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the District 5 Constable. Both were lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Steak Salesman Facing Charges
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to locate a door-to-door salesman that was arrested last March on felony drug charges.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said their office received a call about the salesman, identified as Christopher Brown, (50) of Smyrna, TN, who was selling steaks out of a small white pickup with a freezer in the bed. The caller said something was suspicious about the man and asked law enforcement if they had received any other calls about the man.
During an investigation it was discovered that Brown is wanted for an outstanding warrant on charges that stemmed from his local arrest last year.
Brown was located at a residence in Lindseyville last year and faced multiple drug related charges in Edmonson County court. He pleaded not guilty to Theft of prescription blank for controlled substance-first offense,. possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, and public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol) on April 10, 2018 in district court.
Anyone that has seen this man or a white pickup with a freezer is asked to call the sheriff's office at 270-597-2157, or EC Dispatch at 270-597-2729.
Darren Doyle, story:
A routine traffic stop resulted in two felony arrests Friday night after law enforcement say they found what appeared to be meth and drug related items inside the vehicle.
Edmonson County Sheriff deputies reported that they stopped a 1998 Ford pickup at the Lincoln Country Corner, located at the intersection of Stockholm and Nolin Dam Road for multiple traffic violations. According to the Sheriff's Office, the driver of the vehicle Aaron Murphy, (35) of Munfordville had a suspended license. A probable cause search of the vehicle produced drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine, according to officials.
Murphy was charged with Improper display of registration plate, Operating on a suspended license, Drug paraphernalia, and Possession of controlled substance- 1st degree- 1st offense - meth.
The passenger, Heather Milby, (38) of Magnolia was charged with Possession of controlled substance -1st degree -meth and Drug paraphernalia. Both were lodged in Hart county jail. Deputies were assisted on scene by Edmonson County Animal Control and Edmonson County Jailers.
Edmonson County Schools are operating on a one hour delay on Friday, February 1, 2019 due to winter weather conditions, according to Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools.
Freezing rain has caused some likely travel issues in some parts of the county.
Building Is Total Loss, Owners Not Sure Where To Go From Here
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Even with nearly every Edmonson County fire department on scene and two others from outside the county, a local restaurant was lost in the early morning hours of January 31, 2019.
Laura's Hilltop Restaurant, owned by Laura Jacobs and her husband Jeff, was a total loss in the fire, according to firefighters at the scene. The popular eatery was located in the Riverhill Center, next door to Hilltop Quickstop.
Emergency Management Director Terry Massey said the building had two different roofs: the original, which was covered, then another with a different pitch or angle that was added later, mostly for aesthetics. He said once the fire traveled in between the two roofs, saving the structure became virtually impossible.
The Jacobs are no strangers to losing property to fires. Nearly four years ago to the day, the former location of Jacobs Home Furnishings burned on January 30, 2015. Jacobs rebuilt the store and recently moved into a new location in the Riverhill area, in the former Dollar General building.
Laura's suffered a fire not long after that, which was determined to have started from faulty wiring in the ceiling, but the damage was contained and the restaurant made a fairly quick recovery. Firefighters were able to grab some of the personal belongings and photos from the building before the fire spread, but the building soon succumbed to the flames.
"I don't see how we can save any of this here," said Jeff Jacobs. "I would like to say we'll rebuild it but I don't know. We'll have to wait until daylight to get a better idea of what we've got here, but I just don't know. This is Laura's life. This is all she knows--14 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are also 22 people employed here. I don't know what we're going to do."
The Jacobs family was overcome with emotion as relatives, employees, and other friends tried to console them in the freezing cold. The temperature was around 10 degrees with brutal wind chills. The entire parking lot quickly froze over from the thousands of gallons dumped on the fire and most all firefighters on scene had their clothing frozen as well.
All county fire departments were paged just after midnight. The Brownsville, Chalybeate, Wingfield, Kyrock, Bear Creek, and Lincoln Fire Departments were the county departments on scene. Alvaton Fire Department assisted with their ladder truck, which allowed firefighters to rise above the flames and apply water directly to the largest source of the fire. Smiths Grove FD also responded.
EM Director Massey said the cause of the blaze was undetermined and that the state fire marshal had been notified. The Jacobs said that employees thought they smelled an odd scent earlier today but Jeff Jacobs said the entire place was checked out and nothing suspicious was found. The Jacobs said they didn't know what could've caused the fire.
Traffic was detoured around the Riverhill Center via HWY 70 and Sandy Flat Road. Also assisting was the Brownsville Police Department and the Kentucky Highway Dept. of Transportation.
**Update 4:52am: Jeff Jacobs sent the Edmonson Voice a video clip from restaurant surveillance footage that shows the fire starting at a prep table in the kitchen where Jacobs said is the location of a compressor. He said the time of the video is about three hours after employees left for the night. You can view the video on Jacobs' Facebook page by clicking here.
Truck Reportedly Stolen From Owner's Driveway On Old Kyrock Road
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has reported receiving a call from a resident stating that sometime during the night of January 29-30, 2019, their truck had been stolen from their driveway on Old Kyrock Road.
The vehicle is a black 2012 GMC Sierra 1500, 4 door, short bed pickup with plate number 581 YCR.
Anyone in the area last night that noticed any suspicious activity or that may have seen this truck is asked to call the sheriff's office at 270-597-2157 or Edmonson County dispatch at 270-597-2729.
Edmonson County Schools are closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019 due to impending cold weather conditions, according to Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools.
It will be NTI day number three according to Waddell.
"With most other school districts and WKU taking precautions, we feel it's best to close schools until the weather improves," he said.
This decision was made shortly after a district-wide one call went out saying that school would be in session. The school district says that first call should be disregarded as the decision has been made to cancel school, according to Waddell.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Congressman Brett Guthrie’s (KY-02) bill has been signed into law to help certain Medicaid beneficiaries voluntarily transition to receiving care in their own homes or communities rather than at a facility.
Guthrie introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources (EMPOWER) and Care Act with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) to reauthorize the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. This program allows certain Medicaid participants, such as seniors and individuals with disabilities, transition from a nursing home or institutional care back to their home. The MFP program does not require people to leave institutional care; rather, it allows individuals who choose to go home to do so.
The EMPOWER Care Act was included in the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019, a comprehensive bill to improve Medicaid programs. President Trump signed the Medicaid Extenders Act into law on Thursday, January 24. The Medicaid Extenders Act provides funding for the MFP program that is expected to last for three months. Guthrie is currently working to introduce bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and fund the program for longer.
“I introduced the EMPOWER Care Act to empower people with disabilities to make choices about how they receive their care,” said Guthrie. “I have met with Medicaid beneficiaries in the Second District who have thrived under Kentucky Transitions, which administers the MFP program in the Commonwealth and has allowed hundreds of Kentuckians in nursing homes and other institutions to choose to go back to their homes for care. I am glad to see this bill signed into law, and I will continue to advocate for a long-term extension of this important program.”
Colder Temps, Wind Chills Bring Increased Risk For Elderly, Others In Need
Darren Doyle, story:
An elderly Edmonson County man with known symptoms of dementia was located lying in a ditch earlier today with no coat or shoes after he was reported missing this morning, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said a family member of John Bratcher, (80) of Mount Zion Road reported Mr. Bratcher missing this morning around 9am. According to the sheriff, Bratcher went to bed last night but when a family member went to check on him this morning, he was gone from his home and the back door was open.
"Local emergency personnel began searching for Mr. Bratcher this morning and we were in the process of issuing a Golden Alert for a full-scale search when I saw something in the ditch," said Sheriff Shane Doyle.
Doyle said he found Mr. Bratcher shivering in the mud and immediately called for an ambulance where he was transported to the hospital. He was suffering from frostbite, hypothermia, and other injuries.
"With colder temperatures and life-threatening wind chills in the forecast, please pay close attention to your elderly family and friends, and anyone that may normally need any type of living assistance," said Doyle. "Keep in constant contact with them and please call us if you need help."
Doyle said colder temps bring a number of increased risks that include exposure, house fires, and other personal and property dangers. Pets, livestock, and other farm animals are also at higher risks.
"We want to encourage everyone to pay closer attention to these dangers so that a tragedy can be avoided."
Citizens are encouraged to call local dispatch at 270-597-2729 for assistance, or dial 911 for emergencies.
"I'd like to thank our county rescue squad, Brownsville Police, and our local Emergency Management for their assistance in locating Mr. Bratcher," said Sheriff Doyle. "We are praying for a full recovery."
Relief Effort Already Underway For Family
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Firefighters were paged to a home in the 1000 block of Silent Grove Church Road Tuesday morning just before dawn to a report of a structure fire. The home was fully involved when firefighters arrived.
According to officials, the residents were out of town at the time of the fire but the home and contents were a total loss. Chalybeate Fire Chief Daniel Johnson said that relief efforts are already being organized for the family. The Red Cross has reportedly begun working with the family to help with temporary shelter.
The following sizes have been listed for those who can donate to the family's immediate needs:
Chief Johnson said that the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time. All county fire departments were paged to the scene. Johnson said that Chalybeate ran out of water within minutes and had to leave the scene to find an available hydrant. He said the closest one was either frozen or shut off down in the ground because water was not available there.
Three departments from outside the county, Smiths Grove, Park City, and Richardsville were also paged in order to have enough water on scene to battle the blaze.
"I don't know what we'd have done without the guys coming in from outside the county," Johnson said. "We sure appreciate them and the good relationship we've developed over the years."
Johnson said the frustration with the hydrant is nothing new.
"I don't know what happened with the hydrant, but they won't do us any good if they don't work. This is not the first time we've had these issues. There have been others either shut off or in need of repair. We need these to work. People's property and most importantly, their lives are at stake in these situations."
No injuries were reported in the fire.
Chalybeate Fire Department was first on scene. In addition to the outside departments, Kyrock Fire Department, WRECC, and Edmonson County Emergency Management also responded.
Budgets Discussed, ECHS Youth Leadership Attends
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held on Monday, January 28, 2019 in the upstairs courtroom of the county courthouse.
No major discussions were shared; however, various county offices gave reports and general business and budgets were discussed.
Road Report- Assistant County Road Foreman Greg Carroll said the road crew poured 75 tons of salt on the roadways last week and they still have 300 tons to use for the rest of the winter. Both the part time and full job positions for the road crew have been filled. Mowing will be moving into district 5 and the road department gate will be complete in 3-4 weeks.
EM Director Report- EM Director Terry "Moose" Massey reported 11 emergency runs since the first of the year.
Sheriff Report- Sheriff Shane Doyle reported an eventful last few weeks which included a burglary in the 5th district. He discussed how a woman found a man in her house when she came home and there was a physical altercation-- but the woman stood her ground. The burglar was found with a hand gun and drugs, while wearing a large knife. The sheriff said the man was located with a woman inside a vehicle and both were arrested.
He also reported that his office assisted Grayson County Sheriff deputies in a missing person case. After further investigation the missing person was confirmed deceased. Sheriff Doyle also reported on a shooting that happened at the Moutardier Marina cabins on January 25th. The victim was shot twice with a shotgun and air lifted to Louisville, and is still in critical condition. According to Doyle the suspect was located and arrested within 3-4 hours. We'd like to thank everyone that helped with this case," said Sheriff Doyle. In addition to Edmonson County Deputies, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewell, Mammoth Cave National Park Rangers, Leitchfield Police, Edmonson County Dispatch, Kentucky State Police, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers all worked together.
Jailer Report- There are currently 15 inmates at the Hart County jail and one on the home incarceration program. There has not been any medical issues and all vehicles are in working order.
County Attorney Report- Greg Vincent will be attending the Kentucky County Attorney Conference from February 13th through the 15th. The lawsuit between the county and the former clerk has been resolved and should receive a payment of around $6000 within a month.
Parks and Rec Report- Parks director A.B Webb reported vandalism on the doors of the Brownsville park main bathroom. Webb also said they plan to lay new tile in the bathroom along with putting in new toilets.
Tourism Report- Rhonda Clemmons stated that Mammoth Cave has reopened the cave tours. The park is currently reviewing applicants for a new park manager. It was reported that over 97 applications were turned in for the position. Tourism is stilling working with the SOKY Film Commission.
Corner Report- 24 term deaths over the last year were reported to the court.
State Senator Steve Meredith also attended Fiscal Court this morning. Meredith spoke about passing of the TVA bill which benefits rural counties in Kentucky. Edmonson County is one of 39 counties of which allocated funds of $2 million will be evenly divided to in Fiscal Year ’18-’19, then $4 million to be evenly divided between the counties in Fiscal Year ’19-’20. He said the purpose of these funds is to continually ready sites and upgrade infrastructure to attract business and create jobs within these rural counties. The senator also spoke about his commitment to eliminate waste in Frankfort. One of the ways Meredith said he plans to do this is by pushing for doing away with the office of Lieutenant Governor. Meredith believes there is no need for this position and doing away with it has the potential to save 1 million dollars a year.
The Edmonson County High School Youth Leadership group also attended Fiscal Court this morning. The group met with county officials after court. The Youth Leadership program is made up of high school students and the purpose of the program is to engage in local community efforts. Next month the group will be visiting Frankfort to learn more about state government.
The Court acknowledged Edmonson County Ambulance Service Rate Revision.
The court approved the KY Board of Emergency Medical Services Ambulance grant application. This is an annual $10,000 grant that allows the purchase of specific equipment.
The court also approved the Resolution EC19-02, affiliation agreement between Barren River District Health Department and EC Emergency management.
Sheriff Shane Doyle shared budget comparisons of Todd and Butler County after budget concerns were expressed by magistrate Clark Wood, who had earlier stated that each of those counties had similar populations as Edmonson but were able to run their respective offices at a much lower budget amount. In the comparisons, Doyle noted what those county’s deputies are paid along with how many deputies the counties have, which was significantly higher than Edmonson County.
Doyle also stated the following line items are not included in the Todd County sheriff budget: the court security officer’s salary and benefits, along with workman’s comp, unemployment insurance and phone bills, all of which are in his budget. The fiscal court portion of the Todd County sheriffs budget is $158,575. He noted that $399,975 is from fees collected, and $315,545 from the general fund, which bring the total budget to $715,520--which is nearly $100k more than Doyle's budget of $616,600.
Butler County has the following line items not in sheriff’s budget is retirement: social security/Medicaid, unemployment, workman’s comp, health insurance and phone bill. The fiscal court portion of the Butler County sheriffs budget is $235,222, $445,022 is from fees collected, and $411,210 from the general fund, which brings their total budget to $856,232, which is nearly $240K more than Doyle's.
Doyle stated that he is currently having to pay for expenses out of the drug fund. The sheriff concluded by asking the magistrates to talk with magistrates from other to counties get insight for how they fund their sheriff departments.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon brought up the discussion of non-essential vs essential employees. During bad weather if Judge Cannon declares an emergency essential employees (road crew, dispatch, deputies etc.) are required to come to work while non-essential employees (clerks, office staff etc.) do not have to come in but still receive pay. Canon expressed his recommendation to keep this system as is. His second recommendation would be to allow time and half if the employee’s hours surpassed 40 hours. The court will have further discussion next meeting.
Next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for February 11, 2019 at 9:00 am.
The following Western Kentucky University students from the Edmonson County area were named to the honors lists for the fall 2018 semester. Full-time undergraduate students with a semester grade-point average of 3.4 to 3.79 are named to the Dean’s List. Students with a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0 are named to the President’s List. Their names are marked with an asterisk (*). The entire list can be found at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/deanslist.php.
From the Smiths Grove area
Abby E. Alexander
Miranda L. Bonifay*
Heather M. Borders
Andrew P. Bowles*
Julie A. Bowles*
Taylor M. Cayton*
Adaline L. Estay*
Hayley M. Getz
Jessica N. Hampton
Hunter J. Houchins*
Ashley N. Johnson
Courtney W. Keown*
Brandi L. Lindsey*
Cody L. Lindsey
Logan P. Lindsey
Victoria E. Maund
William K. Meyer*
Cassi K. Payne
Meghan V. Pierce*
Kelcie M. Poteet
Regan A. Saling*
Austin S. Salleng
Kennedy S. Samson*
Victoria M. Smith
Chandler V. Staggs
Grant A. Turner*
Robert Avery L. Vincent
From Mammoth Cave
Dawson C. Stith*
John D. Holt
Kelsey H. Highbaugh*
Quinton T. Dorris*
Hayley S. Bullock
Keaton A. Thompson*
Nicole J. Hinson*
Taylor L. Logsdon
Jhonna L. Basil
Kelsea L. Martin*
Vivian G. Thomas
Lauren S. Booth*
Samantha M. Girard*
Morgan K. Vincent
Amber L. Hagan*
Tyler J. Huber
Jamie K. Salings*
Katelyn L. Miller
From Bee Spring
Cierra P. Woodcock
Statement from Mammoth Cave National Park on the Resumption of Full Operations
From Mammoth Cave National Park:
With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Mammoth Cave National Park will resume Green River Ferry operations at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 26, and full visitor service operations, including staffing the visitor center and providing cave tours, on Sunday, January 27. All park trails and roads continue to accessible to the public, pending inclement weather events. Please visitwww.nps.gov/maca for updated information about the park.
The park would like to thank the Friends of Mammoth Cave who provided park and area information to visitors throughout the lapse in appropriations. Their support provided valuable information to many visitors looking for recreation options when visiting the park and South Central Kentucky.
The park would also like to thank The Lodge at Mammoth Cave, which is operated by Ortega National Parks, for remaining open during the shutdown and providing essential visitor services and attending to park trash cans.
Mammoth Cave National Park and its employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Kentucky State Police Post 3 has reported they are investigating a shooting incident that occurred Saturday evening around 6:30pm at the Barren Detention Center inside the facility. Post 3 troopers and detectives responded along with the KSP Critical Incident Response Team.
According to KSP, the preliminary investigation has revealed that Matthew A. Stapleton (26) of Columbia, KY had been arrested earlier in the evening by Trooper Ricky Cross in Metcalfe County and was transported to the Barren County Detention Center.
KSP said that when Stapleton exited Trooper Cross’ patrol car, a physical altercation ensued between the two. Stapleton retrieved a handgun from his waistband. During the altercation, the handgun discharged, striking Stapleton. Stapleton was transported via ambulance from the detention center to TJ Sampson hospital, where he was then flown by air ambulance to the University of Louisville hospital. Stapleton is currently listed in critical condition. Trooper Cross was not injured. As in all critical incidents, Trooper Cross has been placed on administrative leave.
The ongoing investigation is being led by the KSP Critical Incident Response Team. They were assisted on scene by KSP Post 3, the Barren County Detention Center, Glasgow Police Department, and Barren/Metcalfe EMS.
Suspect Facing Attempted Murder Charges
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Wesley Roberts, (33), a suspect in a shooting incident earlier today has been located and arrested a short time ago in Grayson County.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that both the Edmonson and Grayson County Sheriff's Offices worked together to locate the suspect. According to the sheriff, Roberts was located at an undisclosed residence on Anneta Road.
Doyle said arrest warrants were obtained for three counts of attempted murder and that Roberts was taken into custody without incident.
"We'd like to thank everyone that helped with this case," said Sheriff Doyle. "In addition to our office and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, a special thanks goes out to Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewell, Mammoth Cave National Park Rangers, Leitchfield Police, Edmonson County Dispatch, Kentucky State Police, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers."
Doyle said cooperation between all agencies was the key to locating and arresting the subject so quickly.
"I'm proud of the teamwork that happens when a serious incident like this occurs; however, we do our best to handle the large cases with the same dedication as the small ones," said Doyle. "I'm also very proud of our deputies. They put it on the line everyday for Edmonson County and our neighboring communities."
The victim has been identified as Karen Whitfill, (37) of Leitchfield, who is still listed in critical condition.
UPDATE JANUARY 25, 2019 4:11PM: Shooting Suspect Found, Arrested In Grayson County
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has reported a shooting at the Moutardier Marina cabins with the suspect on the run.
According to Sheriff Shane Doyle, the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting incident at Moutardier around 11:30am today. Doyle reported that the suspect, Wesley Roberts, (33) of Leitchfield fled the scene to another cabin but has since left the scene.
The female victim, who has not yet been identified, has been air lifted to Louisville with at least two gunshot wounds and is listed in critical condition. According to the Sheriff's Office, the domestic incident escalated into violence between Wesley Roberts and either an estranged wife or girlfriend.
Sheriff Doyle said they found the shotgun that is suspected to have been used in the incident but that Roberts has yet to be located.
The suspect was reportedly driving a silver, 2015 GMC pickup with a black primer hood.
Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Wesley Roberts or any related information to this case is urged to call Edmonson County dispatch at 911, 270-597-2729, or the Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The Hon. Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Dustin Hunt, Harassing communications. Resisting arrest. Disorderly conduct, second degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 2/12/19.
Charles L. Marlak, Public intoxication, controlled substance, excludes alcohol. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 2/12/19.
Lemuel Dew Lamastus, Alcohol intoxication in a public place- first and second offense. Disorderly conduct, second degree. Criminal trespassing, third degree. Continue to 2/12/19.
Christopher J. Burroughs, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first. Possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 2/26/19
Dale Decker, Resisting arrest. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 2/26/19.
Cody Rhett Vincent, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense-methamphetamine. Pleaded not guilty to all. Preliminary hearing 2/26/19.
Timothy W. Taylor, Receiving stolen property under $10,000. Continue to 2/12/19.
James Michael Aubrey, Convicted felon in possession of a handgun. First degree possession of CS/drug unspecified, first offense. Pleaded not guilty to all. 10% bond. Preliminary hearing 2/12/19.
James Michael Aubrey, Burglary- third degree. Harassment, physical contact, no injury. Pleaded not guilty to all. 10% bond. Preliminary hearing 2/12/19.
Melissa Ann Graves, First degree possession of CS/Drug unspecified, first offense. Pleaded not guilty to all. Appoint DPA. Preliminary hearing 2/12/19.
Billy Joe Clemons, Possession controlled substance, first degree, first offense-methamphetamine. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Preliminary hearing 2/12/19.
Caleb Dunn, Covicted felon in possession of a handgun. Possession of marijuana. Theft of motor vehicle registration plate/renewal decal. Failure to produce insurance card. Speed 10 mph over (limited access) pleaded not guilty to all. Preliminary hearing 2/12/19.
Melissa Renee Hornberger, Possession controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Tampering with physical evidence. Continue 2/12/19.
Zachary S. Vincent, Menacing. Resisting arrest. Pleaded not guilty to all. Continue to 2/12/19.
Jeffery Brian Leal, Operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs- first offense. Continue to 2/12/19.
Samuel Austin Scarbrough, Display/possession of cancelled/fictitious operators. Careless driving. Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Pleaded not guilty. Continue to 2/26/19
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A home on HWY 70 in Butler County was burglarized around 3:30pm on Tuesday, January 22nd, according to Beech Tree News.
According to the report, the suspect was a white male in his early 30s with short hair with tattoos on his neck and arms wearing a grey sweatshirt and jeans. BTN said he kicked in the door of the residence and was in process of walking off the porch with a large screen television in hand when confronted by the homeowner.
After a brief scuffle, the suspect escaped by driving over an embankment. He headed east on KY 70 toward Edmonson County. He was driving a black SUV with dark tinted windows.
If you have any information, please contact the Butler County Sheriff's Department at 270-526-3676.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of HWY 101 and 743 around 7:45am this morning to a report of a two-vehicle collision.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Courtney Kemble, (30), of Brownsville was turning left onto HWY 101 from HWY 743 when her Chrysler minivan partially entered the path of John Bratcher, (80), who was driving a white Lexus SUV headed south on 101.
Kemble's van was struck in the rear driver's side by Bratcher's Lexus and both vehicles came to rest in opposite emergency lanes, according to the Sheriff.
The Sheriff said that neither Kemble nor her two-year old daughter were injured in the collision as Kemble was wearing a seat belt and the child was properly restrained in a child safety seat.
Bratcher, who was also wearing a seat belt, was not injured. Multiple airbags were deployed in his vehicle. Sheriff Shane Doyle said given the situation and impact, he was amazed that none of the occupants in the vehicles were injured.
"Thank God no one was injured," said Sheriff Doyle. "That's one of our busiest intersections during the school rush, and it's a miracle no other vehicles were involved and no one was hurt. This is a great example of how important seat belts and child safety seats can be. We'd like to encourage everyone to take your time when school traffic is heavy and please watch closely."
Traffic was backed up for about a half hour in both directions while the scene was being cleared.
Responding at the scene were the Chalybeate and Brownsville Fire Departments, Edmonson County EMS, Sheriff Shane Doyle, and Edmonson County Emergency Management.
**an earlier version of this report had one of the driver's names misspelled. It has since been corrected.