Darren Doyle, story
Pat Prunty, photos
Severe weather hit the county once again today as strong thunderstorms knocked down trees, limbs, and caused flash flooding in some areas.
Emergency Management Director Pat Prunty said there were also reports of limbs and debris down on Chalybeate Road and Oak Hill Road. Blackgold/Grassland Road is closed due to flash flooding and water over the road.
Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice
Sunshine for a few hours, then blackened skies and hard rain. Repeat. Its an all-too familiar routine that Edmonson County residents have been a part of for the last several days, and today, Thursday, July 9th was no different, other than some pretty serious storm damage in parts of the county. Take a look at some of the pics we gathered today from Sandy Flat Road, Union Light Road, and Nolin Dam Road.
Emergency Management Director Pat Prunty said that the damage he assessed appeared to be caused from straight-line winds and luckily there were no reported injuries.
It was also reported that a large bradford pear tree fell onto some parked cars at the courthouse, but workers were able to clean up the site before any photos were taken.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday July 7, 2015. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Jordan Avery Moore, Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine). Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing set for 7/14/15. Attorney appointed.
Byron Lee Alford, Harrassment- no physical contact, 2 counts. Violation of KY emergency protection order/domestic violence order. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference set for 7/14/15.
Andrea J. Eastman, Public intoxication of controlled substance (excludes alcohol). Carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference set for 8/4/15.
Michael Scott Jaggers, No/expired KY registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Controlled substance prescription not in original container, 1st. Possession of controlled substance, 3rd degree- drug unspecified. Illegal possession of legend drug. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference set for 8/4/15.
Dillon J. Raidt, One headlight. Proof shown, dismissed.
Michael Richard Vanegas, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, 1st offense. License to be in possession. Pleaded not guilty to both. Pretrial conference set for 9/29/15.
Cody Willoughby, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Continued for 7/14/15.
Dacoyte Wayne Richards, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, 1st. Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. Jail time and $450 probated. Total fines and costs $193.
Jerry Way Napier, No/expired KY registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, 1st. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference set for 8/4/15.
Dennis Ray Aull, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Pleaded guilty. Fined $250. $200 probated. Total fines and costs $193.
Delanea Renee Bratcher, Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Illegal possession of legend drug. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Michael Robey, Criminal littering. Continued for 8/4/15.
Charles C. Vibbert, Alcohol intoxication in a public place- 1st and 2nd offense. Continued for 7/14/15.
Daniel Alford, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference set for 8/4/15.
Craig Troutman, Theft by unlawful taking/disposition-firearm. Burglary- 1st degree. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial hearing set for 7/14/15. Attorney appointed.
Adam Randell Blanton, Burglary- 2nd degree. Intimidating a participant in legal process. Pleaded not guilty to both. Pretrial hearing set for 8/4/15.
Edmonson Voice Staff
On Saturday, June 27th, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Cedar Grove Church Road after two homeowners returned home and reportedly found a man exiting their house. They said they could see items from inside their home stashed outside under a tree. The man was later identified as Adam Blanton, 33, of Bee Spring.
While law enforcement was looking for him, Blanton allegedly returned to the residence and confronted the home owners about calling law enforcement.
Blanton was arrested shortly after and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process. He was then transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail. Assisting the Sheriff's Department was the office of Ky Probation and Parole.
Bowling Green Police are warning citizens from the area to be advised of a series of strange phone calls coming from the phone number 270-393-4244, which is a number that belongs to Bowling Green Police.
According to reports, the caller tells them a fraud investigation is being completed and the citizen owes money. BGPD said this is an obvious scam and for citizens to disregard the call. Folks are reminded to never give any personal info to anyone over the phone as any credible organization can verify personal info with you and will usually contact you via postal service or verified email in the event of a problem. Officials also say that if something sounds off, or a situation that's too good to be true, it probably is.
(Park City, KY)- On Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at approx. 2:30 am the Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green received a call of an single vehicle injury collision involving a tractor trailer on Interstate 65 at the 45 mile marker northbound in Edmonson County.
The preliminary investigation indicated that William Blackwell (49) of Pioneer, Louisiana was traveling northbound on Interstate 65 operating a 2014 Freightliner tractor trailer when he lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason and veered left, striking the barrier wall at the 45 mile marker, where he came to final rest in the emergency lane after a short distance.
Mr. Blackwell was transported by the Barren-Metcalfe EMS to T.J. Samson Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the Barren County Coroner's Office. Due to the minimal damage to the vehicle it is believed that Mr. Blackwell may have suffered an unknown medical emergency. An autopsy is scheduled today at the Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville.
The investigation is still ongoing and being led by Trooper Graham Rutherford, where he was also assisted by Trooper Brett Coomes and the Park City Volunteer Fire Department.
Rain and thunderstorms seemed to be in charge all last week, leading up to Friday's rescheduled annual Freedom Fest Fireworks and Little League Awards celebration. We were unable to receive any official word on the night of the event, but most folks knew the bad weather would yet postpone the celebration once again.
According to Parks and Rec Director A.B. Webb, the event has not been rescheduled as of now, but there is a possibility that something might be able to happen sometime during Labor Day weekend. If not, the celebration may have to be cancelled until next year. We will keep you updated with any new info we receive.
Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice
The post-holiday celebration ended a bit differently than one Georgia man had planned, as he ended up in jail in the early morning hours after all the fireworks had ended.
On July 5th, around 1:45 AM, the Brownsville Police Department, Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, and the Dist. 2 Constable were conducting a road safety checkpoint when police saw a vehicle attempt to turn around and avoid the stop. Acting under reasonable suspicion, police pulled the vehicle over and consent to search the vehicle was granted.
Upon further investigation, police found the passenger, Jordan A. Moore, 22, of Buchanan, GA, to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and suspected marijuana, along with several items of drug paraphernalia.
Moore was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess and possession of a controlled substance-1st Degree-1st offense (methamphetamine).
Moore was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail. The investigation was led by BPD Officer Garth Avery and assisted by the Sheriff's Office and the Dist. 2 Constable.
Former Edmonson County Judge Executive Noah E. (N.E.) Reed is the newest member of Warren RECC's Board of Directors. Reed was elected by a majority of the members who voted in Tuesday night's Annual Membership Meeting held at South Warren High School in Bowling Green. Reed replaces Rebecca L. Goad, who represented District 4 (Barren and Edmonson Counties) for over 30 years.
Reed served 21 years as judge executive for Edmonson County. He has extensive working knowledge and expensive in dealing with state and federal agencies. Reed said his goal is to be accessible and responsive to the members of Warren RECC and to work at providing the best power at an affordable rate and in a reliable manner. "I look forward to working with the other members of the Board, the staff, and employees at Warren RECC. I have always been a supporter and friend to Warren RECC. I truly believe in the cooperative business model and its guiding principles.," said Reed.
"We congratulate Mr. Reed and we look forward to working with him. Mr. Reed brings wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and those qualities will be beneficial to our membership as we continue to work closely with state and federal officials and agencies to limit regulations which could adversely affect the future of affordable electricity," said Warren RECC President and CEO W. Scott Ramsey.
Ramsey expressed his gratitude to Goad for her work. "The Board, staff, employees, and I want to thank Becky Goad for her 30-plus years of dedicated service to Warren RECC and its members. Becky worked tirelessly to help, not only members of District 4, but also all Warren RECC members."
Laney Meredith, story
On July 1, 2015 at around 12:10am, Brownsville Police Department Officer Garth Avery and Edmonson County District 2 Constable Tim Skees observed a vehicle driving carelessly through Brownsville. A traffic stop was initiated and it was found through the investigation that two of the occupants in the vehicle had outstanding warrants throughout multiple counties in Kentucky. The following subjects were arrested and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Cathy Louise Bryant, 61, Bee Spring, charged with theft by unlawful taking or Disp Shoplifting under $500 out of Hardin County, Kentucky.
Cathy M Bancroft, 43, Bee Spring, charged with failure to appear on felony theft charges out of Boone County, Kentucky.
The investigation and arrest was led by District 2 Constable Tim Skees. Assisting Constable Skees was Brownsville P.D. Officer Garth Avery.
by Laney Meredith, story
Austin Avery, photos
LAWRENCEBURG — More than 400 uniformed officers- many of them Kentucky State Police, filed by the casket at Ninevah Christian Church north of Lawrenceburg on Monday to attend the funeral for Kentucky State Police Trooper Eric Chrisman.
Chrisman, 23, was killed June 23 in Livingston County in Western Kentucky when his cruiser collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 62 near Grand Rivers. The Anderson County native had just graduated from the state police academy in January.
State police and highway patrol officers from several states, including Alabama, California, Delaware, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia, attended the service.
Included in the hundreds of officers present was local Brownsville Police Department Officer Garth Avery.
"It was not only a privilege, but an honor, to be able to be a part of something so eye opening and honorable. Being able to witness hundreds of officers come together to mourn the passing of a fellow brother, it really shows how large and strong knit the law enforcement community is. Not just here in Kentucky, but from around the country as well. When one of us hurts we all hurt," said Officer Garth Avery.