Wingfield Home Invasion: Woman Breaks Through Glass, Resident Holds Her From Inside Until Deputy Arrives
Darren Doyle, story:
A Wingfield woman is facing multiple charges after she was arrested at a home invasion shortly after midnight on Wednesday, February 27th, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said that the sheriff's office responded to a call of an active home invasion in the 4800 block of Wingfield Church Road around 12:30am early Wednesday, at the home of Roy (Noots) and Redea Simmons. A deputy reported that when he arrived on scene, he witnessed a woman later identified as Carolene Griffin, (45) also of Wingfield, attempting to enter the Simmons home.
The deputy said Griffin had broken the glass of a door to the home with her hands and that she was being held by Mrs. Simmons on the other side of the door.
Mrs. Simmons described what happened during the event.
"We heard someone kicking the door so we got up to see who it was," she said. "That's when we saw this woman trying to kick the door in. She was turned around backwards and kicking it like a mule. We told her just to leave us alone but we could tell she was high on something, I don't know what was wrong with her but she was using all sorts of bad language and wouldn't leave. She'd leave the door and go around to the porch side and then I really got scared because I thought there might be someone else there, maybe a man."
Mrs. Simmons said the woman continued to try to open the door so she put her weight up against it and held it until the woman actually broke through the glass with her hand.
"She broke the bottom part of the glass on the door and when her arm came through, I held on to it from inside my house. She used her other arm and broke through another piece of glass and she reached in and grabbed the curtains, so I grabbed her other arm. I had a hold of both of her arms and I wasn't going to let her go."
She said that she fought to hold on to Griffin's arms for another 10 to 15 minutes until a deputy arrived. She also said that the woman kept asking for "Jessie," obviously someone that didn't live there.
The sheriff's deputy was able to quickly subdue the woman and place her under arrest, according to authorities. She reportedly was unable to identify herself and she told the deputy she had no idea how she got there.
Griffin was charged with:
"She got cut through the pane glass, which I didn't really care," said Mrs. Simmons.
Griffin was transported to the Hart County Jail.
The Simmons' said they had never seen the woman nor knew anything about her.
"Anymore, this can happen to anybody, day or night," said Simmons. "You just can't never tell anymore."
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The Hon. Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Tina Marie Simpson, Alcohol intoxication in a public place- first and second offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Continue 3/12/19.
Jill Allen Rowe, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs- first offense. Possession of controlled substance, second degree- drug unspecified. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 4/9/19.
Joshua Dean Prevento, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense-methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 3/12/19.
Melissa Renee Hornberger, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Tampering with physical evidence. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 3/12/19.
Brian K. Cox, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 3/12/19.
Heather D. Dixon, Theft by deception- include cold checks under $500 (two counts). Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 4/23/19.
Timothy J. Poteet, Theft by deception- include cold checks under $500. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 4/23/19.
Todd 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, first. No tail lamps. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 3/12/19.
Preston Gage Johnson, Disorderly conduct, second degree. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 3/12/19.
Derek Lee Sanders, Assault fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Wanton endangerment- second degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 3/12/19.
George William Payne Jr., Driving on DUI suspended license- first offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 3/12/19
Betty W. Johnson, Speeding 19mph over limit. Will attend county attorney traffic school.
Ariel Morgan Johnson, Speeding 15mph over limit. Will attend county attorney traffic school.
Jimmy Ray Johnson, Failure to produce insurance card. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/ security first. Failed to appear.
Rickey Wayne Willis Jr., Failure to produce insurance card. No/ expired registration plates. Order signed.
Trevor W. Sparkman, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Failed to appear.
Timothy Blake Taylor, Inadequate silencer (muffler), fined $50. No tail lamps, fined $50. Vehicle transport explosives not marked, dismissed. All other traffic offenses not listed. $243.00 total costs and fines.
Eric L. Murphy, No operators/ moped license. Operating on suspended/ revoked operators license. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/20/19.
Davonte M. Bonds, Possession of marijuana. Failure to appear. Bench warrant issued.
Reed Credits God & Prayer For Road Back To Recovery
Darren Doyle, story:
Former Judge Executive N.E. Reed wanted to get ahead of the weather just over a week ago by feeding his cattle on his Edmonson County farm a day sooner than normal. With the forecast of winter weather in the mix for Saturday, February 16th, he was hoping to skip the mess and handle his feeding on Friday evening, while the skies were clear.
"I got the tractor and put a roll of hay on both the front and the back and went up to the gate," said Reed from his bed at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. "Normally, I go through the gate and the cows follow me up to the hay ring, but there were some young ones there and I was afraid they wouldn't follow me so I stopped on level ground, I threw the tractor out of gear and got out of the cab. I closed the gate and came back to the tractor. When I reached up for the handle of the cab it jumped in gear, caught my leg, and ran over me."
The weight of the tractor crushed one of his femurs immediately, rendering him helpless. Broken bones protruded from his skin.
"All I could move was my left arm. The tractor went on, but for some reason, the wheels were turned and it was circling back around towards me. I thought I was gone because I couldn't move. I wasn't able to get out of the way...but the Man upstairs took care of me, Darren. I don't know if He rolled me out of the way. I don't know if He moved the tractor over. I don't know what happened, but some way the tractor went on by me."
Reed laid on the ground for over an hour, hoping that someone would come along. Eventually, someone did and with his left arm, he was able to flag down a passerby who immediately called 911 and got help on the way. Reed said he wasn't dressed for cold weather, as he had only planned to stay inside the cab. Laying on the cold, wet ground in February for over an hour caused his body temperature to drop to 94 degrees, which meant hypothermia had begun to set in on top of his other critical injuries.
"Keith Sanders led the charge from our local EMS workers. He was the first one there, and let me tell you, our local emergency workers are as good as they come. They were professional in every sense of the word. They did everything to treat me, console me, they stayed with me, working hard to take care of me. I don't know what I would've done without them. They helped me change my outlook on the situation."
He was transported to the Medical Center at Bowling Green but the severity of his injuries led medical professionals to get him to Vanderbilt where he underwent a 6-hour surgery to repair the shattered bones in his leg. He had also lost a considerable amount of blood.
Reed currently undergoes 2-4 hours of rehab each day and he said he is now taking a few steps with the help of a walker. He has multiple fractures in both legs with a host of pins and rods connected about, as well as 7 broken ribs. He is expected to remain at the Nashville facility for two more weeks.
"I'm getting better every day. I want to get back to Edmonson County as soon as I can, but I'm a blessed man. Beverly (his wife) has been with me every step of the way. There's so many little things that I just can't do. She's been my stand-by and my warrior. My family support group has really been something."
Reed said as much credit as his wife, family, and all the emergency workers and medical professionals deserve, the key to his survival and success is owed to God and the prayers of them that know Him.
"He's already showed me that there's no reason why I should've survived, because I couldn't move. It was just the power from upstairs. The way the tractor was coming at me, it was headed right for my chest and on my head, but it all missed me. When you can't move and you see this big machine coming toward you, you feel pretty desolate, but He made a way."
"Sometimes people look down on Edmonson County. They say we don't have this, we don't have that, but we have the most important thing, and that's the connectivity our people have with God and with each other. It's the main reason I've lived in Edmonson County my entire life. I'm proud of it and I can't wait to get back home. I'm truly blessed and I appreciate all the support. I'm glad for all the good thoughts, but I'm more thankful for all the prayers."
Edmonson County Circuit Court was recently held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments.
Wesley G. Roberts, Attempted murder-domestic violence (two counts). Assault in the first degree- domestic violence (two counts). Assault in the second degree- domestic violence. Possession of firearm by convicted felon (two counts). Wanton endangerment in the first degree (two counts). Carry a concealed deadly weapon.
Laura French, Forgery in the second degree. Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree. Theft by unlawful taking Auto- $500 or more but under $10,000 (five counts). Theft by unlawful taking over $500.00. Theft by failure to make required disposition of property (six counts). Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
William James Dubin, Forgery in the second degree. Receiving stolen property $500 or more. Theft by failure to make required disposition of property. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Jeremy Wheeler, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Attempted burglary in the second degree.
Jill Wallingford, Trafficking in controlled substance in the third degree- first offense, drug unspecified. Possession of controlled substance in the third degree (two counts).
Justin Vincent, Manufacturing methamphetamine. Fleeing or evading police in the second degree- on foot. Drug paraphernalia- deliver/manufacture. Controlled substance endangerment to child in the fourth degree. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Justin David Vincent, Receiving stolen property- $10,000 or more. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
David A. Vincent, Receiving stolen property- $10,000 or more.
Timothy W. Taylor, Bail jumping in the first degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Timothy W. Taylor, Receiving stolen property over $500.00. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Charles Spillman, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, third or greater offense- methamphetamine. Manufacturing methamphetamine. Fleeing or evading police in the second degree- on foot. Controlled substance endangerment to child in the fourth degree. Drug paraphernalia- deliver/manufacture. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
James E Settles, Murder. Manufacturing Methamphetamine- first offense. Possession of Marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. . Fleeing or evading police in the first degree. . Controlled substance endangerment to child in the first degree. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Wanton endangerment in the first degree (two counts). Trafficking controlled substance, first offense-Methamphetamine. Trafficking in Marijuana. Possession of controlled substance first degree. Operating on suspended/revoked license. Failure to produce insurance card. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to wear seat belt. Failure to use child restraint in vehicle.
Wendell Reynolds, Assault in the second degree, domestic violence. Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Trafficking in Marijuana- firearm enhanced. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Terroristic threatening in the third degree.
Debra Reynolds, Tampering with physical evidence.
Alex L. Perry, Knowingly exploit adult person over $300.00. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Patricia J. Mills, Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- Methamphetamine. Endangering the welfare of a minor. . Controlled substance endangerment to child in the fourth degree. Drug paraphernalia- deliver/manufacture.
Jessica Miller, Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of Marijuana.
Kristi L. Minor, Forgery in the second degree. Theft by deception- include cold checks.
David Craig Loop II, Sexual abuse in the first degree, victim under twelve years of age (five counts). Persistent felony offender in second degree.
David Craig Loop II, Sodomy in the first degree- victim under twelve years of age (ten counts). Sodomy in the first degree (ten counts.) Sexual abuse in the first degree-victim under twelve years of age (ten counts). Sexual abuse in the first degree (ten counts). Unlawful transaction with a minor, first degree- victim under sixteen years of age (twenty counts). Use of minor under sixteen in a sexual performance- victim under sixteen years of age (ten counts). Distribution obscene matter to minor.
Scott Lane, Sexual abuse in the first degree- victim under twelve years of age (two counts). Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
April M. McGonigle, Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Shawn Filback, Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Fleeing or evading police in the second degree- on foot. Resisting arrest. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-Methamphetamine. Hindering prosecution or apprehension in the second degree. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Controlled substance endangerment to child in the fourth degree. Drug paraphernalia- deliver/manufacture. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Melissa Graves, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- firearm enhanced.
James M. Aubrey, Burglary in the second degree. Harassment- physical contact. Assault in the fourth degree. Menacing. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
James M. Aubrey, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- firearm enhanced. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Note: An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
A husband and wife were taken to the hospital by ambulance after their SUV overturned on HWY 259 N Monday afternoon.
Emergency workers were paged to the 7000 block of HWY 259 N, just north of the HWY 728 junction around 5pm to the report of an overturned SUV with trapped occupants.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, a witness said the white SUV, which was a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, appeared to have suffered a malfunction where the vehicle locked up while traveling north on the roadway. According to evidence on scene, the vehicle then rotated 180 degrees and traveled backwards, landed on the guardrail, slid north on the guardrail for about 20 feet while backwards, then landed off the road in the grass where the vehicle overturned then landed into a fence.
The driver, Polly Goins, (77), and her passenger, Charles Goins, (75), both of Bee Spring, were transported to the hospital by Edmonson EMS with unknown injuries. According to emergency radio traffic, extrication was required to remove at least one of the occupants of the vehicle.
Also responding were the Kyrock and Brownsville Fire Departments, Edmonson County Emergency Management, and Edmonson County JAWS. The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is in charge of the investigation.
Fiscal Court Recap, Feb 25, 2019: County Road Foreman Retires, Conservation Office Requests New Tax, More:
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held on Monday, February 25, 2019 in the upstairs courtroom of the county courthouse.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet leadership attended Monday’s Fiscal Court meeting seeking input from local officials on the county's most pressing infrastructure needs. Magistrates and several attendees expressed concerns with roads in the county such as Sunfish Rd and Briar Creek Roads.
District 5 Magistrate Johnny Brooks voiced his concern with Ollie Rd, stating that for the amount of traffic the road receives, it is very narrow. District 4 Magistrate Edd Rich said that HWY 259 from Brownsville to Leitchfield has to be one of the worst roads in the state.
“It’s mostly from Leitchfield to the Edmonson County line that is the worst, but I don’t want our roads to get as bad as it is in that area,” said Rich.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon stated that there will be two meetings next month in which Edmonson County’s infrastructure needs will be talked about with KYTC members.
The Edmonson County Conservation office spoke during the Fiscal Court meeting to request additional funding. A few of the services offered by the Conservation office includes: dead animal burial or removal reimbursement, soil testing reimbursement, Conservation Art and Writing Program, the tree seedling program, and keeping Edmonson County water clean.
According to KRS 262.200, Conservation Districts can be funded either from the fiscal court general fund or by the levy of a tax on real estate value. According to the local conservation district, since the fiscal court general fund doesn’t provide enough funding for the conservation office to be sustainable, they have proposed seeking funding though a millage tax. This would mean $10.60 per $100,000 would be added to each county resident's property taxes for funding conservation.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon stated that Edmonson County is an agricultural county and the Conservation Office needs enough funding so they can plan for more than a year in advance. The voting for this tax will take place at the next Fiscal Court meeting March 11th at 9am.
County Road Foreman Ray Page is retiring after 26 years of service, 13 of which were as foreman. Current assistant Road Foreman Greg Carroll has been appointed as Interim Road Supervisor while the county accepts applications for the position of Road Supervisor. An interim Road Supervisor can be named for up to three months.
County officials gave their regular reports as followed:
Road Report- Assistant County Road Foreman Greg Carroll reported multiple bridges and roadways are flooded due to the heavy rain fall Edmonson County has been receiving since February 12th. Mowing is currently in Lindseyville, heading towards Brownsville and will then be moving into District 2.
EM Director Report- EM Director Terry "Moose" Massey stated he was unable to give his official detailed report due to returning from a recent call; however, he did discuss recent flooding in the area which caused some traffic issues in the county.
Sheriff Report- Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that he attended the Law Enforcement Council last week. Doyle stated that Kentucky has one of the best Law Enforcement training academies and he is proud to be a part of Kentucky Law Enforcement. The Sheriff stated he held a legal training last week for special deputies and constables. He also said there were a few drug arrests made in the last few weeks and that Deputy Skaggs' vehicle should be out of the shop soon.
Doyle also talked about the deputy involved shootings that have taken place in bordering counties. Sheriff Doyle stated that Edmonson County is not immune to these types of attacks and he has reminded his deputies of the importance of wearing their body armor and being alert of their surroundings, “head down and eyes up.” Upon Doyle finishing his report, Judge Wil Cannon asked if the sheriff’s office had training plans for constables if a proposed bill requiring constables to receive training in order to have arresting powers is passed. Doyle replied that his office will look into training options when/if the proposed bill is passed.
Jailer Report- Todd Vincent reported a total of 17 inmates with two on home incarceration. He also reported one ER visit.
County Clerk Report- Deputy County Clerk Jason Alexander reported on behalf of County Clerk Kevin Alexander that the office has received some new electric scanners for polling.
Parks & Rec Report- John Kiernan reported that Little league basketball will be wrapping up their season soon, and that little league baseball is shaping up to be good season. Kiernan also reported that a disc golf tournament will be taking place this weekend at the Chalybeate Park.
Tourism Report- Rhonda Clemmons shared updates with the court, which included an announcement for a Tourism job fair on March 6th from 1-6 at the Cave City Convention Center.
Fiscal Report also approved the following:
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be on March 11th at 9am.
Man Had Five Outstanding Warrants, Faces New Drug Charges
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Meade County man wanted for theft, various traffic charges, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, and receiving stolen property has been located and arrested in the Cave Hollow Bay community.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office said that deputies responded to Cave Hollow Bay after receiving a tip that Joshua Prevento, (38), of Vine Grove (Meade Co.), was staying at a residence there and was wanted on multiple warrants.
Prevento was located by deputies, probable cause for a search warrant of the property was found, and the Sheriff's Office along with the District 5 Constable subsequently executed a search warrant of the property. Illegal drugs and paraphernalia were seized, according to officials.
Prevento was wanted on the following warrants: Meade County warrant for theft of a motor vehicle registration plate decal, Operating on a suspected/revoked operators license and other traffic charges, a Meade County warrant for fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle 1st degree, Fleeing or evading police on foot 1st degree, Criminal mischief 1st degree, and Receiving stolen property over $500. Also, a Meade County bench warrant for Flagrant Non Support, A Jefferson County warrant for failure to produce insurance card, and another Jefferson County warrant for Operating on suspended/revoked operators license.
Prevento was also charged in Edmonson County Possession of controlled substance 1st degree-1st offense -meth, Possession of marijuana, and Drug paraphernalia buy/possess
He was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson County Schools will be closed Monday, February 25, 2019 and Tuesday, February 26, 2019 due to illness. All school activities are cancelled. According to Superintendent Patrick Waddell, attendance has been extremely low this week due to illness.
This will be NTI days four and five.
Region Tournament activities schedule for next week will continue as planned.
KSP: Suspect Shot As He Attempted To Run Down Officer With Dump Truck
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Morgantown, KY. (February 22, 2019)—On Thursday evening at approximately 11:30 P.M. (CST), Kentucky State Police, Post 3 troopers and detectives, along with members of the KSP Critical Incident Response Team were dispatched to Beaver Dam Road near the Aberdeen community of Butler County to investigate an officer involved shooting. The shooting incident had taken place near 1941 Beaver Dam Road, and involved a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer. Officer Jonathan Barks had attempted to establish contact with Joseph P. Eden (56) of Brandenburg, KY at this address concerning an active warrant of indictment. Eden was wanted for original charges of assault 3rd degree (police officer), tampering with physical evidence, fleeing or evading police 1st degree, and multiple drug offenses.
Upon his arrival, Officer Barks located Eden, who was occupying a semi truck. Eden exited the vehicle and fled on foot near a wooded area. A Butler County Sheriff’s deputy responded to assist Officer Barks with the search. Eden was located in the cab of a nearby dump truck in the area. Eden started the dump truck and proceeded to drive in the direction of Officer Barks. Officer Barks, while on foot in the path of travel of the dump truck, fired his issued duty weapon multiple times into the windshield of the dump truck in an attempt to stop Eden’s forward progress. Eden sustained an injury to his neck area as a result, and was then apprehended by Officer Barks.
Joseph Eden was transported from the scene by Butler County EMS and taken to the Medical Center Hospital in Bowling Green. He was eventually transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where he is currently listed in critical, but stable condition . Officer Barks was not injured. Officer Barks has been placed on administrative leave, which is customary in all critical incidents, according to a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife spokesperson.
The investigation continues and is being conducted by members of the KSP Critical Incident Response Team and Post 3 Detective Joe Gregory.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The Hon. Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Donald Lee Estes, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, second or greater offense- methamphetamine. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial hearing 2/26/19.
Donald Lee Estes, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Possession of controlled substance, third degree-drug unspecified. Controlled substance prescription not in original container first. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 2/26/19.
George William Payne Jr., Driving on suspended license- first offense. Continue 2/26/19
Jill Allen Row, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Possession of controlled substance, second degree. Continue 2/26/19
Derek Lee Sanders, Assault 4th degree domestic violence, minor injury. Wanton endangerment-second degree. Continue 2/26/19.
Joseph L Coin, Theft by unlawful taking- all others- $10,000 or more but under $1,000,000. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial hearing 2/26/19.
Man Also Accused Of Attempting To Bring Meth Into Jail
Darren Doyle, story:
A Louisville man is facing multiple felony drug charges after he was arrested as a result of a traffic stop in the Lincoln community.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle driven by Donald Estes, (48), Louisville, was stopped for a traffic violation on February 16, 2019 on Union Light Road.
Deputies said that Estes was found to be operating on a suspended driver's license. Through the investigation, Estes was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (third degree). He was also charged with Prescription controlled substance-not in proper container, and Obstructed vision or windshield.
According to the Sheriff's Office, once Estes had been taken into custody at the Hart County Jail, officials discovered a bag of what was suspected meth concealed on his person. He then received additional charges of Trafficking controlled substance (first degree)-second offense-meth (greater than two grams). He will also face charges in Hart County for Promoting contraband (first degree).
The incident marks the second felony drug arrest made on Union Light Road within one week. A father and son were arrested last Saturday on the same road on meth and other drug related charges.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Edmonson County Jailer, Hart County Jail Staff, and Munfordville Police.
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 substance, 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.