Darren Doyle, story:
A Caneyville man was held by gunpoint by a homeowner until law enforcement arrived on scene in an attempted burglary, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said that on January 30th, around 4pm, officers were dispatched to a residence on E.G. Nash Road, owned by Gary Miller. According to officials, Miller arrived at the residence and found a man removing items from the residence and placing them in a vehicle. Miller reportedly called 911 to report the burglary in process and law enforcement officers were immediately dispatched, but Miller called back just a few minutes later to inform officials that the suspect had gotten away and there was no immediate threat.
Although Miller was the owner of the residence, he did not live there at the time, according to the sheriff.
Officials said that upon Miller's search of the residence, Miller found Robert Neal Hunt, (20), the same man he saw taking items from the residence, hiding inside. Miller, who officials said was a Concealed/Carry Deadly Weapons permit holder, held Hunt at gunpoint until the Sheriff's Office arrived a few minutes later.
Hunt was taken into custody without incident and several items belonging to Miller were found in Hunt's vehicle, including multiple firearms and antique military relics, according to officials. Hunt was arrested and charged with: Burglary 2nd degree, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition-firearm, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition-all others under $500.
"Mr. Miller had every right to protect himself and his property," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "The burglary suspect is very fortunate to have not been seriously injured or killed in this incident. We also appreciate Mr. Miller's use of good judgement in this situation and the fact that he used his rights to own, carry, and use a weapon responsibly."
Hunt was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail, where he remains on a $5,000 cash bond.
Darren Doyle, story:
The deadline has passed and all local candidates running for county office in 2018 are officially in the books. While several candidates filed early, some shuffled in on the afternoon of the January 30, 2018 deadline. The following names will be on ballots for either the May 2018 primary, or the general election ballot which will be held in November, 2018.
Candidates that are running unopposed will not appear on the primary election ballot in May; only on the November ballot.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander said that the ballot position drawing will be held at noon on Thursday, February 1, 2018 for the May Primary, which will be held on May 22, 2018. This decides in what order the candidates' names will appear on the ballot.
The following Edmonson County residents have filed for office:
District *Judge J.B.Hines has filed for reelection for 38th District, Division 1 judge, unopposed.
Filing for U.S. Representative (Congress) 2nd District is current Representative *Brett Guthrie, Bowling Green (R), along with Brian Pedigo, Glasgow, (D), Rane Eir Olivia Sessions, Webster, (D), and Grant Short, Owensboro, (D).
Filing for State Representative 19th District, which includes all of Edmonson and a portion of Warren Counties, is incumbent *Michael Lee Meredith, Oakland, (R), and William "Bill" Fishback, Bowling Green (D), Daniel Wayne Johnson, Bowling Green, (D), Jacob K. Moore, Brownsville (D), and Brian Kent Strow, Bowling Green (R).
*Timothy R. Coleman is running unopposed for District 38, Division 1 Circuit Court Judge.
*Blake Ross Chambers is running unopposed for District 38 Commonwealth Attorney.
(*) denotes incumbent
Madison Doyle, photos:
Abby Alexander was named 2018 Basketball Homecoming Queen at Tuesday's ceremony at Edmonson County High School. She is a senior Lady Cat basketball team member and was escorted by Wesley Duvall.
Other members of the court were Junior Princess Chanley Logsdon, Sophomore Princess Lauren Ballance, and Freshman Princess Heather Todd. Attendees were Keegan Elrod, Molly Miller, Knox White, and Emory Madison.
Last year's Queen Maddie Cline crowned the 2018 court.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office received word today from the Elizabethtown Police Department that there was reason to believe a stolen car was in the Troy Goins Road area of Bee Spring, according to a press release. The Sheriff's Office said they located the described 2006 Infiniti behind a residence in the area and made contact with Michael Snyder (20), of Rineyville, and Crystal Garcia, (20) of Leitchfield at the residence.
The Sheriff's Office later executed a search warrant and they found multiple bags of suspected methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana, along with scales and other items of paraphernalia with property of Garcia and Snyder, according to the release.
Snyder and Garcia were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over $500--under $10,000, Trafficking in synthetic drugs, Trafficking in methamphetamine--less than 2 grams, 1st offense. Garcia was also served a shoplifting arrest warrant out of Hardin County and Snyder was served two arrest warrants out of Hardin, for shoplifting as well.
Both were lodged in Hart County Jail.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Edmonson County Attorney's Office, the 38th district Commonwealth Attorney's Office and the Edmonson County Jailer's Office.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
A collision involving an ECHS student and a county bus which occurred at the intersection of Houchin Ferry Road and the school's private road known as "Field House Road," resulted in only minor damage and no injuries, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office reported that Kyle Kittredge (17), of Brownsville pulled onto Houchin Ferry Road in a 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup from the Field House Road and into the path of county bus number 202 around 2:40pm today as school was being dismissed. Both vehicles collided at the intersection, according to officials.
Kittredge was the holder of a driver's learning permit but was accompanied by an adult licensed driver, officials said.
Both Edmonson County High School officials and the Sheriff's Office confirmed that there were only two adults on the bus, the driver and a monitor, both of which were unnamed. No students were on the bus and officials said the bus driver was not at fault.
Principal Tommy Hodges said that while the damage to the bus's front end was minor, the bus would undergo a complete inspection and evaluation before and after repairs.
Everyone involved in the collision refused treatment on scene from Edmonson EMS.
EC Schools Transportation Director Lanny Deweese said even though no students were on the bus, drivers should use extreme caution around school buses, especially during the morning and afternoon rush periods.
"We'd like to ask everyone to slow down and use more caution," he said. "Thankfully, there were no students on this bus, but you never know what could happen in these types of situations. Buses don't handle as easily as a passenger car, so we urge everyone to please be more careful."
Nineteen girls from Edmonson County High School are eligible to be part of the annual 2018 basketball homecoming that is set for Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The Wildcats and Lady Cats will take on Trinity with the girls game set for 6pm.
Festivities are scheduled to take place between games.
Front (L to R): Heather Todd, Jessica Butts, Hayley Lindsey, and Kaylee Russell
Second (Lto R): Alexis Cook, Lauren Ballance, Mia Goad, Emma Rose Vincent, and Rachel Cowles
Third (L to R): Caitlin Simon, Abby Alexander, Sierra Kenney, Katlin Collins, and Cierra Collins
Last Row (L to R): Madison McCombs, Makayla Dishon, Macy Wrye, and Chanley Logsdon (not pictured Mollie Cassady)
Edmonson County Circuit Court was held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments in January, 2018.
Austin G. White, Forgery 2nd degree. Theft by unlawful taking over $500. Theft of identity of another without consent. Persistent felony offender first degree.
Trevor Spreen, Complicity to trafficking in controlled substance, first degree meth, two grams or more.
Jerry Matt Napier, Possession of controlled substance first degree. Possession of controlled substance third degree. Prescription controlled substance not in proper container.
Mandy L. Phelps, Possession of controlled substance first degree, first offense meth. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess.
Jennifer Shepherd, Attempted robbery first degree. Burglary first degree. Wanton endangerment first degree (4 counts). Criminal mischief first degree. Receiving stolen property over $500. Leaving scene of an accident.
Angelia D. Avery, Tampering with physical evidence. Possession of controlled substance second degree-drug unspecified. Possession of controlled substance third degree-drug unspecified. Possession of drug paraphernalia. Possession of prescription controlled substance no in proper container first offense. Persistent felony offender first degree.
Jamie D. Henderson, Possession of controlled substance first degree, cocaine. Wanton endangerment first degree-police officer. Public intoxication-controlled substance. Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kimberly Wood*, Possession of controlled substance first degree meth. Possession of drug paraphernalia. Possession of marijuana.
Sara Chitwood, Possession of controlled substance first degree-first offense-meth. Possession of controlled substance first degree-first offense-drug unspecified. Trafficking marijuana-less than 8oz. first offense. Possession of marijuana. Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Barry S. Rutherford, Possession of controlled substance first degree, cocaine. Wanton endangerment first degree-police officer. Public intoxication-controlled substance. Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Christopher R. Rigsby, Trafficking controlled substance first degree, first offense, two grams or more of meth. Possession of controlled substance, third degree-drug unspecified. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Public intoxication of controlled substance, excludes alcohol.
Eric M. Sowders, Trafficking controlled substance first degree, second or offense, less than 2 grams meth. Trafficking controlled substance third degree, second or more offense drug unspecified.Trafficking marijuana, less than 8oz., second offense. Possession of drug paraphernalia. Possession of prescription controlled substance not in proper container. Persistent felony offender first degree.
William Bryce Barnes, Burglary second degree. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others under $500.
Timothy Pierce, Alcohol intoxication in public place. Resisting arrest. Disorderly conduct second degree. Criminal mischief first degree. Burglary second degree.
James Adams, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition of automobile-$10,000 or more. Persistent felony offender first degree.
Randy L. Meador, Theft by failure to make required disposition of property more than $500, less than $10,000.
Danny McGrew, Operating on suspended or revoked license. Possession of controlled substance first degree, second offense-drug unspecified. Possession of controlled substance third degree-drug unspecified. No tail lamps. Hindering prosecution or apprehension second degree. Prescription controlled substance not in proper container.
Mildred T. Justice, aka Tess Justice, Possession of controlled substance first degree-second offense-drug unspecified. Possession of controlled substance third degree-drug unspecified. Prescription controlled substance not in proper container.
Steven W. Hawks, Forgery second degree. Theft by deception-including cold checks under $500. Persistent felony offender first degree.
James Nick Wells, Public intoxication-controlled substance. Possession of controlled substance first degree-meth, firearm enhanced. Trafficking marijuana-less than 8oz., firearm enhanced. Carrying concealed weapon. Possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Wanton endangerment first degree. Endangering welfare of minor.
Joseph E. Dillard, Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced. Possession of a controlled substance first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Carrying concealed weapon. Prescription controlled substance not in proper container, firearm enhanced.
William R. Haney, Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced. Possession of controlled substance first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Prescription of controlled substance not in proper container, firearm enhanced.
David J. York, Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced. Possession of controlled substance first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Carrying concealed weapon. Prescription of controlled substance not in proper container, firearm enhanced.
Joe B. Coleman, Wanton endangerment first degree. Fleeing or evading police first degree on foot. Persistent felony offender first degree.
Amy M. Brown, Possession of controlled substance first degree, first offense. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess.
Vicki R. Lyle, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Wanton endangerment first degree. Persistent felony offender second degree.
Matthew R. Avery, Criminal mischief first degree (three counts). Failure to produce insurance card. Operating motor vehicle on suspended/revoked license. Failure to report traffic accident. Leaving scene of accident-failure to render aid or assistance.
Ronnie Corn, Attempted murder. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Wanton endangerment first degree. Giving officer false identifying information. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. No/expired registration plates. No/expired registration receipt. Possession of open alcohol beverage container prohibited. Criminal mischief first degree.
Joseph L. Lindsey, Wanton endangerment first degree. Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance/security, first offense. Operating motor vehicle under influence-second offense-aggravated circumstances. Assault first degree. Criminal mischief first degree.
Rodney W. McNutt, Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Burglary first degree. Tampering with physical evidence. Prescription controlled substance not in original container-firearm enhanced. Possession of controlled substance first degree-firearm enhanced. Possession of controlled substance third degree-firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia-firearm enhanced.
Richard K. Ferguson, possession of controlled substance first degree, meth. Possession of marijuana. Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mary Elizabeth Greogry, Possession of controlled substance first degree, first offense. Endangering welfare of a minor. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess.
Alexander Tyler Thomas, Rape second degree. Unlawful transaction with a minor first degree, victim under age of 16, illegal sex act.
Andrew T. Taylor, Wanton endangerment first degree. Terroristic threatening third degree. Assault fourth degree-domestic violence-minor injury. Operating on suspended/revoked license. Intimidating a witness in the legal process.
Richard J. Smith, Obscuring the identity of a machine, more than $500, less than $10,000. Receiving stolen property over $500. Tampering with physical evidence.
Jonathon Seaton, Criminal mischief first degree. Disorderly conduct second degree. Burglary second degree.
Christian D. Merz, Criminal mischief first degree. Assault fourth degree, domestic violence.
Gregory Vincent**, Theft of identity of another without consent (two counts). Persistent felony offender-second degree.
James W. Reynolds, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others $500 or more, less than $10,000 (two counts). Burglary third degree. Persistent felony offender first degree.
Jordan R. Sanders, Sexual abuse first degree. Sodomy first degree. Indecent exposure first degree, first offense.
Keith Wallingford, Obscuring identity of machine-more than $500, less than $10,000. Receiving stolen property over $500. Tampering with physical evidence. Persistent felony offender first degree.
Etta L. Coffelt, Trafficking in controlled substance first degree-meth-firearms enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia-firearm enhanced. Carrying a concealed weapon. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Criminal possession of forged instrument second degree.
Jason G. Long, Trafficking in controlled substance first degree-meth-firearms enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia-firearm enhanced. Carrying a concealed weapon. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Criminal possession of forged instrument second degree.
Ruston S. Slaughter, Possession of controlled substance first degree-meth. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess.
Kaitlynn Law, Trafficking in controlled substance first degree-meth-firearms enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia-firearm enhanced. Carrying a concealed weapon. Criminal possession of forged instrument second degree.
*not the same Kim Wood that is employed by Edmonson County Schools
**not the same Gregory Vincent that practices law in Edmonson County
Note: An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
*Comments without a first and last name and an email address are not published. All comments are subject for review and must adhere to the Edmonson Voice commenting policy which is posted on this site.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Kentucky State Police, Post 3 Bowling Green has released information regarding a three vehicle injury collision on Thursday at 10:40 a.m., which occurred on Interstate 65 southbound, near the two mile marker. According to KSP, the collision involved three commercial vehicles. Two semi truck and trailer combination commercial vehicles were stationary in the right lane of travel, due to congestion caused by an unrelated collision blocking the roadway southbound, according to a KSP release.
KSP said the preliminary investigation indicated that Jeremy D. Wells (39) of White House, TN, was operating a 2015 tractor trailer and was traveling southbound near the two mile marker, when he failed to yield to the stationary traffic ahead. Wells’ vehicle struck the rearmost tractor trailer, a 2014 Freightliner, which was being operated by Eric T. Chapman (50) of Bethpage, TN.
As a result of the rear end impact, Chapman’s vehicle made contact with the rear of another tractor trailer, a 2016 Freightliner, that was being operated by William R. Allen (62) of Brownsville, KY. Both Chapman and Allen refused medical treatment and transport on scene and did not report any injuries.
Jeremy D. Wells succumbed to his injuries related to the collision. He was pronounced deceased, on scene, by the Simpson County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Trooper Daniel Priddy. He was assisted by Simpson County EMS, Kentucky Department of Transportation, State Highway Department, Simpson County Emergency Management, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Simpson County Coroner’s Office, and other KSP Troopers with Post 3
The film company "Almost Never Films" is back in the Edmonson County area and they're seeking volunteer extras for their film, "Bethlehem Ranch."
A statement from the company said, "Hello! We are back in Kentucky to film another movie and would love your participation. Please see the included form and submit if you are interested in being a volunteer Extra in the movie "Bethlehem Ranch."
CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER EXTRAS SUBMISSION FORM
STORYLINE: Fleeing from her abusive boyfriend Eddie, Jessica returns home to her estranged foster father CHAP's ranch with her two children, CASSIDY and SPENCER, only to find the recently widowed Chap knocked cold on the property Jessica agrees to stay on during Chap's recovery, but it's a long road to rebuilding trust between the two. However, when Cassidy inspires Chap to start building the village of Bethlehem on his farm, the whole community gets involved in the Christmas project. And this time, when Eddie tries to intimidate and bully Jessica into returning to him, the whole town has her back...
Dates: Jan 29th-Feb 16th (various dates)
Location: Brownsville, KY, Smiths Grove, KY (various locations such as a church, hospital, grocery, ranch etc)
Times: Mostly 6-10 hour time slots during the day
Roles: Church Congregation, Choir, Hospital staff, Shoppers etc
Ages: All Ages
PLEASE SUBMIT THE BELOW INFORMATION
(if you are submitting of more than 1 please submit a form per person)
CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER EXTRAS SUBMISSION FORM
***You will receive an email 2-3 days before the filming date(s) you select to confirm your role and to give you all the needed information. You will be provided with wardrobe info, location, times etc.***
Friends of Coleton Parsley have organized a benefit T-Shirt sale to help the family during the recovery process of Coleton's accident. Show your support by either ordering directly online or in person at the office of Ken Byrd Realty & Auction at 3340 Chalybeate Road, Smiths Grove, KY 42171, between 8am - 2pm, Monday through Friday.
"We all want to do anything we can to help the Parsleys in their time of need," said a family spokesperson. "These shirts can be ordered and worn to show our support for this family. All proceeds will go directly to the Parsley Family to help with expenses."
If you have any questions regarding t-shirt orders, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECT ONLINE ORDERING.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court met on Monday, January 22, 2018 in the upstairs courtroom of the county courthouse.
Road Report: County Road Foreman discussed in detail about the serious adversity his crews faced during the recent winter storms, including a narrow escape from a serious injury. Click here to read the full story.
Sheriff's Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the past weekend's arrest warrant round-up operation that resulted in more than 20 arrests.
Jailer's Report: Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported that there were currently 29 county inmates lodged in the Hart County Jail, along with one on home incarceration. He said that one prisoner had warrants in Indiana but is still in jail because Indiana has yet to pick him up, all on the county's dime. He also discussed the useless transportation of prisoners only to be told to come back for another court date, again and again.
Parks and Rec Report: Parks Director A.B. Webb discussed the temporary suspension of the little league basketball program in honor of Coleton Parsley.
Rhonda Clemmons updated the court regarding the possibility of the state putting a two year freeze on tax incentives to filmmakers due to the current budget crisis. She said there are currently 100 films that have been approved by state film office to be made in Kentucky. Filmmakers have two years to make approved films. She said advocates for movie making in KY are urging their legislation to continue the credits as filmmaking has boosted small town economies like Edmonson County's. She also said "Almost Never Films" has returned to the county to film "Bethlehem Ranch," and is also now looking for farm locations. She said the city has left the town Christmas decorations in place as per request from filmmakers.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon gave an update on the property at Lock #6. Improvements are finishing up for the overall space and that KY Fish and Wildlife will assume responsibility of the area from the Corps of Engineers soon. Cannon said he has requested that the county have the ability to construct a picnic shelter on the property to help attract water sport tourism. He also reported that there was huge response to the opening of a secretary's position in his office; however, no one had applied for the position of the Parks and Rec Program Administrator other than the John Kiernan, who spoke at the last fiscal court meeting about the job.
In other fiscal court news, magistrates voted to accept the new terms of the Bowling Green/Warren County Animal Shelter with Edmonson County. They have asked for an increase in the yearly fee from $15,000 to $18,000 due to the higher number of dogs being dropped at the shelter.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9am.
Darren Doyle, story:
A relief fund has been organized in the name of Brian and Heather Parsley, parents of Coleton Parsley, who is a fourth grade student at South Edmonson Elementary that was critically injured in a sledding accident on January 13, 2018.
Michelle Coleman, CEO of Bank of Edmonson County, said that both checks and cash are being accepted as donations; checks can be made to Heather Parsley. Checks can be either deposited in person on their behalf or mailed to any of the three bank locations. You are advised to deliver cash in person, not by mail.
109 S. Main St
Brownsville KY 42210--Mailing address for all locations is: PO BOX 99, Brownsville KY, 42210
6780 Louisville Road
Bowling Green KY 42101
156 S. Main St.
Smiths Grove KY 42171
The money will be directly available to the family to help with medical and living expenses while Coleton fights to recover from the accident.
An update published by Heather through her social media on Sunday morning said:
"I need all my family & friends to please pray for Coleton’s ICP pressure to stabilize today. I’m so sad right now that I can hardly stand it. He continues in the day & night to spike & was just told by the doctor this prolonged ICP past the 96th hour can worsen his brain damage. Please Lord give us strength! Coleton is now vomiting & the tube feedings are being held. Please pray for him to heal! I know my God has all power, my faith is getting weak."
County Road Foreman Recaps Crew's Winter Weather Troubles From Last Week: Foreman Narrowly Escapes Serious Injury In Icy Incident
Road Department Clears Roads In Spite Of Injury, Equipment Breakdown, & More
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Unless you were somewhere on a Caribbean vacation last week you were probably one of the 12,000 county residents negatively affected by the icy road conditions faced in Edmonson County after two rounds of winter storms.
County road crews began plowing the roads on Friday evening around 5pm and battled slick conditions until daylight, according to County Road Foreman Ray Page during his update at today's fiscal court meeting.
Most are aware that crews worked relentlessly as they chipped away at all 260 miles of county roads, which takes a huge amount of time, effort, and resources; however, Page reported how he and his guys overcame huge adversity that included six incidents of trucks becoming stuck and his own injury of being pinned between a gate a truck that eventually sent him to the hospital, all of which was first discussed publicly at today's meeting.
Page said that around 5pm on Friday, with about an inch of snow on the ground, he arrived at the Road Department garage to unlock the gate as the rest of his crew would be arriving shortly for their marathon of clearing roads. He said that he stopped at the gate entrance, which was about 8 to 10 feet away from the gate on a steep downhill slope, got out and attempted to unlock the gate, secured with a padlock.
He said the padlock was frozen and he had to work to remove the ice from the lock with his back to his truck. That's when he thought he heard someone yell at him and as he looked up the truck slid down the grade and hit Page, pinning him against the gate. The truck hit Page and the gate with enough force that the truck's grill was broken and the hood was bent.
Luckily, Page's wife, Margret, who is also the County Treasurer, was in the passenger's seat and she was able to jump into the driver's side and back the truck off of Page. He eventually unlocked the gate and made it to the shop. Although in pain and not knowing the extent of his injuries, Page went to work with the rest of his crew, due to being short handed.
Over the course of the next several hours, county trucks became stuck six different times, causing Page to have to use one truck to pull out another. Wreckers large enough to pull out the county trucks in icy conditions have to come from Bowling Green and cost anywhere from $750 to $1000 per run, according to Page.
Page said around 9am on Saturday, while still in a great deal of pain, he decided to go to the hospital. He said scans showed that Page had internal bruising but no broken bones. Page said he returned to work on Sunday to discover some severe damage that required around 8 hours of work to their trucks. After that was done, round two of the winter weather arrived.
"The state did a good job of salting the roads, I commend them on a job well done, but they've got the resources to do that. We don't. All we can do is salt the hills, intersections and curves," he said. "When we have ice like we did, we can't scrape that off. Our blades won't cut, it just slides on the ice."
Page also said county crews used 200 tons of salt and placed an order for more. He said the company told them they would give them a 24 hour notice as to when it was going to be delivered, presumably during the time period it was needed; however, the company has yet to contact Page about the order.
Page finished his report by requesting that fiscal court consider the purchase of a used 5-ton wrecker that would eliminate all-day trips around the count, pulling out trucks with other trucks needed for road work. He discussed a place in Memphis, TN that builds the trucks for around $36,000. He said such a truck could be used for other purposes for the county as well.
"I do this for the people, I don't do it for me," said Page. "I try to get the roads clear as quick and efficient as I can. This wrecker won't solve everything, but it will cut our time by a third."
Judge Cannon and the magistrates agreed to let Page check out the truck in person and bring a more detailed report to the next fiscal court meeting.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A 14-hour warrant service operation has yielded over 20 arrests in Edmonson County, which was led by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with Kentucky State Police, Brownsville Police Dept., the 6th District Constable, and the Edmonson County Jailer’s Office. The round-up began on Friday, January 19th and lasted into the next day.
Many of the arrests were recent indictments from the previous Grand Jury, while others arrested are facing unpaid fines, skipped court appearances, and bond violations.
The Sheriff's office said that 17 people were arrested on specific warrants during the period, on 22 individual cases. Charges varied from Attempted Murder and Assault 1st degree, various drug offenses like drug trafficking and possession, DUI, and others were for unpaid fines for traffic offenses.
Deputies spent the last few weeks searching the Commonwealth’s warrant system and identifying those wanted in Edmonson County. The Sheriff's Office then gathered info on the locations of those people through surveillance and confidential informants. Some of the warrants served were over two years old, and many did not have up-to-date addresses, according to the Sheriff.
“While the sheriff’s office takes warrant service very seriously, due to the high volume of calls, they sometimes have to take a back seat,” said Sheriff Shane Doyle.
Sheriff Doyle said the purpose of large scale round-ups is so multiple people can be taken into custody in a short amount of time. He said this lessens the chance of word spreading among criminals which can allow them to go into hiding or change routines to avoid law enforcement.
“We made sure we had plenty of hands on deck, because operating in a safe manner while serving these warrants, some being high risk, is our number one priority. We don’t want any of the officers or the suspects getting hurt.”
During this operation, several people were charged with new criminal offenses. One man was charged with fleeing or evading police after leading officers on a short vehicle pursuit, while another man was charged with three counts of trafficking in controlled substance. In addition, three others were charged with possession of controlled substance.
The sheriffs office also said they wanted to thank all of the agencies who assisted during the operation, with a special thanks to Jailer Hank Vincent and his office. The deputy Jailers utilized the courthouse holding cells to monitor people in custody, while other Jailers transported groups of prisoners to Hart county jail. Without this, officers said they would not have been able to go back out looking for those that were wanted.
A statement from the Sheriff's Office said, "We encourage all citizens, if they have information on the whereabouts of wanted people or information involving criminal activity, to contact the Sheriff's Office. Your name will be kept anonymous."
All those that were arrested were transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A few more names have been added to the group of political candidates running in the upcoming 2018 Edmonson County primary election, which will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Here is the complete list as of today, January 19th.
Sheriff's Office Says Blood Alcohol Was Nearly Twice Legal Limit
A man was arrested today for driving drunk when he arrived at the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office to pay some fees while intoxicated.
According to deputies, Nathaniel Sligh, (30) Bowling Green, drove to the Sheriff's Office to pay civil process service fees when Sheriff's office personnel smelled a strong odor of alcohol. Sligh admitted to drinking the night before, according to officers.
After further tests, authorities said Sligh's blood alcohol level registered at .144, which is nearly double the legal limit to drive. He was arrested and charged with Driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense. He was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
The Sheriff's Office said it was their third DUI arrest in a three-week period.
*As is the case with all published articles on EdmonsonVoice.com, comments without a first and last name and an email address are not published. All comments are subject for review and must adhere to the Edmonson Voice commenting policy which is posted on this site.
Critically Injured Youth Showing Signs of Improvement Each Day
Darren Doyle, story:
South Edmonson Elementary has organized a gift card/monetary donation drive on behalf of 10 year-old Coleton Parsley, who was critically injured in a sledding accident on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
The school is collecting gift cards and monetary donations to send to Coleton's family, who are at his side at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. Suggestions are restaurant and gas cards that can help with immediate family needs of food and fuel, along with monetary donations to be used as necessary.
Coleton's mother, Heather, has been updating his progress through social media and has encouraged the Edmonson Voice to share the info. In a post today, she said:
"Coleton had a calm night. Thank you Lord!! Today they are weaning down the hypertonic saline that’s helped keep his ICP pressure down to normalize the sodium. If he tolerates this, then the sedatives can be lowered to see how he responds. If all goes well with this they can lower his ventilator settings. One step leads to another and this could be a slow process over several days. Praying for the best possible recovery. Coleton is definitely a fighter & the prayers are working! Thank you to everyone following Coleton’s story. We believe in miracles!!
Gift cards and donations will be accepted at South Edmonson Elementary and the Board of Education main office on Wildcat Way from now until Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:00 noon.
Coleton is a fourth grade student at South Edmonson.
Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools, has announced that there will be no school in Edmonson County on Friday, January 19, 2018 due to remaining effects of the recent winter storm.
"This will be NTI day number three," said Waddell.
NTI days (non-traditional instruction) do not have to be made up in the yearly school calendar.
As of now, ECHS boys and girls basketball games against Trinity at home will continue as scheduled. Girls action is set for a 6pm tip off with the boys game to follow. It was originally supposed to be the annual homecoming game; however, that has rescheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd at home against Metcalfe County in a girl/boy doubleheader.
Darren Doyle, Editor:
As a result of a Letter to the Editor published by the Edmonson Voice on January 8, 2018 we were contacted by Mr. Phillip McAbee, President of Kentucky Operations for Windstream, who said he wanted to personally address the issues that local Windstream customers had faced.
We published his email and challenged him to act. Since that time, we've been contacted by several customers that reached out to him personally and said that he seemed to be following up on several issues. One particular customer said his internet speed was increased almost immediately as a result of his complaint.
Mr. McAbee left a public comment on our article that addressed his effort to assist Windstream customers and we've published that comment on the original story as well as below.
I'd like to take a minute to thank everyone who has personally emailed me with their concerns, and examples of issues related to their phone/internet services. I have collected the names, along with specific account information needed to investigate the issues. In several cases we've already been able to address and resolve some of the issues.
This may not be a catch-all solution to the problems that most Edmonson County Windstream customers have faced, and are facing today; however, it's a start, and a positive start at that. This is the first public action taken by Windstream of which this network has been made aware in nearly four years.
When people settle for the status quo, nothing changes; yet when people aren't afraid to stand, put a name and face to their problems, those problems have much more of a chance to be solved.
Is this the answer for all county Windstream customers? We certainly can't say for sure, but again, it's a start. If you are still experiencing any type of problems with Windstream, whether it be speed, reliability, price, equipment, or anything else, you are STILL encouraged to contact Mr. McAbee directly at his email address: email@example.com, or give him a call (direct line) at 859.357.6060.
Have you been in contact with Mr. McAbee? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Send us your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Four fire departments were dispatched to a structure fire at 3193 Sunfish School Road (KY HWY 238) Wednesday evening around 5pm; however, the home was too far gone when firefighters arrived to even attempt to tame the blaze.
Bear Creek, Kyrock, Lincoln, and Brownsville Fire Departments were in route when Bear Creek, who arrived first on scene, called off the other departments because nothing could be done.
The structure was the home of Darrell Glenn, who was not in the home at the time. Glenn said he'd been at a friend's place helping with some mechanic work. Everything was lost in the fire, including three dogs that belonged to Glenn; dogs he said were valued at around $500 each.
The Bear Creek Fire Department remained on scene to ensure the fire stayed contained, but with approximately four inches of snow and single degree temperatures, chances of the fire spreading elsewhere were extremely low.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Noah Bledsoe Road Incident Lands Two In Jail
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a theft that had allegedly just occurred on Tuesday, January 16th around 10:30am on Noah Bledsoe Road, that involved a couple that apparently were live-in friends of the homeowners.
The unnamed owners had accused Brandon Brady, 29, of Bowling Green, and Jenny Mayhew, 34, also of Bowling Green, of stealing cash and other personal items from them, according to officials. While investigating the theft complaint, officers found what appeared to be methamphetamine and suboxone, in addition to other drug paraphernalia.
Both Mayhew and Brady were charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree - methamphetamine, Possession of controlled substance 2nd degree drug unspecified, and Drug paraphernalia.
Both were lodged in the Hart county jail. The Sheriff's Office said that the theft allegations are still under investigation.
Bonnieville, KY (January 16, 2018) – **UPDATE**
Kentucky State Police have released information showing that their preliminary investigation has revealed weather conditions and a snow and ice covered roadway have been listed as contributing factors to the cause of an injury accident which occurred Tuesday morning at the 70 mile marker southbound on Interstate 65 near Bonnieville.
Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Officers arrived at the scene and found that Kenith Miller (54) of Tampa, Fl was operating a 2007 Volvo semi truck and trailer when he struck a Safety Patrol truck owned by the Kentucky Transportation cabinet, which was parked stationary in the right emergency lane with its emergency lights activated. It was being operated by Randall Simmons (64) of Munfordville, KY who was assisting a stalled Greyhound bus, warning drivers of the bus, which was parked ahead in the emergency lane.
According to the release, upon impact with the Safety Patrol vehicle, the Volvo semi-truck continued its path of travel, striking a parked Ford F-150 service truck, which was stationary in front of the Safety Patrol vehicle. As a result, the service truck struck the Greyhound bus, which was parked ahead of it, in a rear end manner. A short time later, a second semi-truck and trailer commercial vehicle, operated by Russell Collins (52) of Ft. Wayne, IN, traveling southbound, struck the 2007 Volvo operated by Miller, causing further damage to both Miller’s vehicle and the service truck.
A total of 21 people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. Eighteen occupants of the Greyhound bus were transported to both Hardin Memorial and Caverna hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, and were treated and released. Three occupants of the service truck were transported to the above area hospitals. Two of the occupants were treated and later released.
The third occupant, a juvenile, was transported to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.
This investigation continues, and is being led by Trooper Justin Rountree. Trooper Rountree was assisted on scene by Upton Fire Department, Bonnieville Fire Department, Munfordville Fire Department, KSP Post 4, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Barren/Metcalfe EMS, Hart County EMS, and Hardin County EMS.
While checking the roads throughout the county today, we stopped here and there to grab some photos from Monday night's additional snowfall. We hope you enjoy this short slideshow.
Photos by Darren Doyle:
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Schools have been dismissed for Wednesday, January 17, and Thursday, January 18, 2018, according to Supt. of Schools, Patrick Waddell.
Both days will be NTI, or "non-traditional instruction" days. Students will need to complete their assignments in their folders.
"We'll check all roads Thursday afternoon and a decision for Friday will be made between 4pm and 5pm then," Waddell said.
NTI days do not have to be added to the school calendar as make-up days.