The Edmonson County Water District has issued an additional boil water advisory today for a portion of Sunfish School Road, July 31, 2018.
As of 2:00pm, the area between KY HWY 187 and 2270 Sunfish School Road are under the advisory. Nothing past address 2270 falls under the advisory.
The water district said there was a main break in that area. For more information, call the water district office at 270-597-2165.
The advisory given this morning for the Blackgold/Grassland area remains in effect.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Water District has issued a boil water advisory for the areas of Grassland-Blackgold Road, Bullock Road, and Holley Springs Church Road, effective July 31, 2018 due to a main line break.
The announcement also said that the advisory will stay in effect until further notice and will be lifted as soon as water samples are safely approved.
Should any additional information be needed, please contact the water district office at 270-597-2165.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County Tourism has partnered with local multimedia company Studio DD to launch a brand new website in their continued effort to attract tourists to Edmonson County. While the site name remains the same, cavesandlake.com, it's a brand new, made-from-scratch site with updated information and photos, according to Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons.
"While our former site had periodic updates we are pleased to have a fresh, new look with our current marketing theme that coincides with our new brochure, all in time for our Edmonson County booth at the KY State Fair," said Clemmons. "Thousands of pieces of literature will be distributed during the state fair that will also direct potential visitors to the site for more information and to make reservations."
In addition, the group has also begun their own social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram.
Clemmons said that while the former site worked well for the needs at that time, using a local company with local interests to help give their marketing a face lift was the right thing to do.
“Working with Darren Doyle of Studio DD gives us local connectivity for immediate needs and updates.”
Studio DD has built several other local sites including those for Edmonson County Government, EC Industrial Authority, EC Chamber of Commerce, EC Planning Commission, and the county's most popular local site, The Edmonson Voice, which has gathered more than 10 million clicks in less than four years.
Clemmons added that the county tourism office strives to market Edmonson County to create a positive economic impact for the community. Tourism is funded entirely from the 3% tourism room tax charged to visitors on hotel, motel & cabin rentals in Edmonson County.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Denise Christine Barnes, Speeding 17 mph over limit. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, aggravator, first offense. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Pretrial conference 8/28/18.
Joshua Flint, Serving bench warrant for court. Theft by deception-including cold checks under $500. Failed to appear.
Derick Lee Crowder, Assault fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/14/18.
Jason M. Salyer, Promoting contraband, second degree. Continue 8/14/18.
Holly S. Loyd, Theft by deception- including cold checks under $500. Failed to appear. $300 cash bench warrant issued.
Dylan Burba, Possession of marijuana. Failed to appear. $250 cash bench warrant issued.
Jenny Sams, Failure to produce insurance card. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to notify address change to department of transportation. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 8/28/18.
Roy Thomas Trent, Harassing communications. Deferral.
Cody L. Willoughby, theft by failure to make required disposition of PRP. Guilty.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Bank of Edmonson County has reported that an attempted scam occurred this morning, according to a bank customer.
Bank CEO Michelle Coleman said she received a call earlier today from a current Bank of Edmonson County customer who said they received a phone call from the number 270-597-3567.
The customer reportedly said the caller said her name was "Veronica with the Bank of Edmonson County" and asked the customer to verify her account information.
Feeling the call was suspicious, the customer refrained from giving any personal information and contacted the bank.
"The fraudulent caller used what is known as 'Caller ID spoofing,' said Coleman. "They were able to disguise their own number as a local number."
Coleman said Bank of Edmonson County, as most other similar businesses, will not contact customers directly for this kind of information.
"We will never contact customers and ask for account information, as we already have that."
Sheriff Shane Doyle says this type of fraud is becoming more frequent everyday.
"The amount of fraud that's happening worldwide is astounding. From people playing on our elderly and people's sympathy to robocalls and caller ID spoofing, it can be confusing to know what's accurate and what's a scam; however, if something seems off or suspicious, it probably is," he said.
There are mobile apps now available that can help with the identification of spoof or robocalls. One popular app is called "Hiya," which can flag potential fraudulent calls and telemarketers.
Coleman said one can always call one of the branch locations and ask for help.
"You can always hang up and just call us right back," she said. "By calling one of our branches, you know you're speaking with one of us."
Edmonson County Circuit Court was recently held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments in July, 2018.
Billy G Key, Rape in the first degree- domestic violence with serious physical injury. Sodomy in the first degree- domestic violence with serious physical injury. Kidnapping with serious physical injury. Assault in the second degree- domestic violence, two counts. Kidnapping-adult. Wanton endangerment in the first degree, three counts. Sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts.
James Karner, Manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, firearm enhanced. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Unlawful possession of meth precursor, first offense, firearm enhanced. Knowingly possessed anhydrous ammonia in a container other than approved container. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Roy T. Trent, Theft by failure to make required disposition of property. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Marty C. Vincent, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Austin G. White, Forgery in the first degree. Criminal possession of a forged instruments in the first degree. Theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000. Theft of identity of another without consent. Persistent felony offender in the first degree. Burglary in the second degree. Theft of identity of another without consent. Forgery in the second degree, three counts. Criminal possession of forged instrument in the second degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Andrea Eastman, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, first offense- methamphetamine.
Stanley Chapman, Manufacturing methamphetamine, second or greater offense, firearm enhanced. Know possession anhydrous ammonia in a container other than approved container with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, second or greater offense, two counts. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor, second or greater offense, firearm enhanced. Receiving stolen property- $10,000 or more. Trafficking controlled substance, second degree, first offense, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized crime- criminal syndicate. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Shawn L. Tinkham, drug paraphernalia, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of marijuana- less than eight ounces, firearm enhanced.
Kenneth D. Adamson, theft by failure to make required disposition of property.
Jarrell Boyd, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Melissa Carrier, Flagrant non-support. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Howard Cox, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Kimberly A. Deering, Careless driving. Possession controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine.) Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Charles D. Ford, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others $500 or more. Criminal mischief in the first degree. Criminal trespassing in the second degree.
James T. Ashley, Falsely reporting an incident, alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense. Wanton endangerment in the first degree-police officer, two counts. Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Brian Powell, flagrant non-support.
Joseph L. Lindsey, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Mason Johnson, Trafficking controlled substance, first offense. Trafficking in marijuana-less than eight ounces.
Kelli L. Tinkham, Drug paraphernalia- firearm enhanced. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, firearm enhanced. Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in marijuana-less than eight ounces, firearm enhanced. Trafficking controlled substance in the third degree, firearm enhanced.
Joshua L. Smith, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Unlawful transaction with minor in the second degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Rebecca Amy Townsend, One headlight. Operating motor vehicle under influence of drugs/alcohol. Wanton endangerment in the first degree, two counts.
Jenny Sams, Fleeing or evading police in the first degree-motor vehicle. Wanton endangerment in the first degree-police officer. Reckless driving. Hindering prosecution or apprehension in the second degree.
Vernon Patton, Trafficking controlled substance in the first degree, first offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Carrying concealed weapon by prior deadly weapon felony offender. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Mathew Martin, Manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, firearm enhanced. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Unlawful possession of meth precursor, first offense, firearm enhanced. Knowingly possessed anhydrous ammonia in a container other than approved container. Drug paraphernalia –buy/possess, firearm enhanced. Engaging in organized-criminal syndicate. 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.
Moriah Peterson, story:
Fiscal court was held on Monday July 23, 2018 in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse.
County Road Foreman Ray Page reported that Road Crew has almost completed work lists in districts one, two, and three. Work in district 6 will begin once the worklist has been turned in. Mowers are currently in Chalybeate and will move to Wingfield and then Mohawk. Early Saturday morning there were fallen trees and other storm damage on Mt. Zion Rd and in the Wingfield and Mohawk areas. The Chalybeate Fire Department assisted Road Crew in clearing the roads. There were also reports of other trees and limbs down in the Chalybeate area from the storm.
John Kiernan from Parks and Rec reported that Parks and Rec is preparing to attend the Back to School Bash at ECHS on Tuesday evening July 24th.
Judge Executive Cannon urged the need for a public meeting to discuss the acceptance of The Kentucky Wired Project in Edmonson County. The Kentucky Wired Project will begin 2020 and is state project that will run over 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable for high-speed internet in all 120 counties in Kentucky. Cannon reported that the City of Brownsville has chosen to charge a franchise tax to the company that would install these lines in the city, which has delayed the progress of the project.
Cannon said if Brownsville is skipped over during the process, Edmonson County will be left out of this process altogether. He said he hoped there would be a public meeting scheduled sometime in the near future.
Bond insurance to cover all six Constables is $154.86 per year with Roeding Insurance. A motion was made to require all constables to reimburse the County for their percentage of insurance cost. Each Constable has one month to reimburse the county and if they fail to do so, the County would drop their bond which would lead to their removal of Constable.
The Court approved Sunshine Duvall as animal control volunteer at 20 hours per work and on call 3 days a week.
District 6 Magistrate Mark Woosley requested the discussion of the garbage franchise fees and the purchase of the Hines Law building. Judge Cannon said the franchise fees total to around $40,000 per year and are put in the general fund to use as needed.
In regards to purchasing the Hines Law building, Woosley said it would be an opportunity to free up space inside the courthouse and would allow a visitors center, tourism office and a space for the Chamber of Commerce and possibly relocating the County Attorney Office. Judge Cannon said that the need to build a county animal shelter is a more time sensitive issue and that the county wasn't currently financially able to purchase the building.
Rhonda Clemmons gave an update that all volunteer slots for the State Fair booth had been filled. This year’s booth will showcase Nolin Lake and Green River. Anyone interested in helping build or tear down the fair booth can contact her at the Chamber/Tourism Office. She also said that on September 22nd there will be a paddle event and a Chamber of Commerce Cookout on the square after the paddle from 12-2 pm. she also commented that filming efforts in the county are continuing.
During a closed session there was further discussion of the purchase of Hines Law Office building, a pending lawsuit against the County/Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Fortress Group Lawsuit. No motions were made after closed session and no further information was made available.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be on August 13th at 9am in the upstairs courtroom.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Burton Houchin, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Possess open alcohol beverage in a motor vehicle. Failure to or improper signal. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Clifton Simmons, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Anthony D. Brown, following another vehicle too closely. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Continue 7/24/18.
William T. Waechter, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Operating under influence of alcohol/drugs, 1st offense. Continue 8/14/18.
Billy J James, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Joshua Taylor Flint, Operating motor vehicle under the influence or alcohol/drugs, aggravator, 1st offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Kelli L. Tinkham, Trafficking in controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense. Traffic in marijuana, less than 8 ounces, 1st offense. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 7/24/18.
Brett A. Higgs, Disorderly conduct, 2nd degree. Resisting arrest. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/24/18. $2500 cash bond.
Jarom Earl Carter, Driving on DUI suspended license, 1st offense. Failed to appear.
Spencer T. Treece, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to produce insurance card. Amend to all others. Failed to appear.
Dana Marie Shelton, Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Dismissed. Possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Guilty. Total costs and fines $168.00.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report: photo courtesy of KSP
The Kentucky State Police Post 3, Bowling Green has announced Trooper Daniel Priddy as “Trooper of the Year” and Detective Joe Gregory as “Detective of the Year” for Kentucky State Police, Post 3 Bowling Green.
Trooper Priddy, an Edmonson County native, is a 14 year veteran with the Kentucky State Police and has served in his current assignment for three years. Trooper Priddy is a graduate of Edmonson County High School and attended Western Kentucky University. Trooper Priddy served as a Kentucky State Police Telecommunicator from 2004-2014 until entering the KSP academy . He is the son of Rondal and Theresa Priddy of Brownsville, KY.
Detective Gregory, a Logan County native, is a 13 year veteran with the Kentucky State Police and has served in his current assignment as Detective for 1.5 years. Detective Gregory is a graduate of Murray State University. Prior to his assignment as a Detective, Trooper Gregory has served roles as a road Trooper at both Post 1, Mayfield and Post 3, Bowling Green. He is the son of Alan and Debbie Gregory of Logan County.
STB, Houchens Industries Kick In For Largest Local Total Ever
Darren Doyle, story: Moriah Peterson, photos:
Each year the Edmonson Voice is proud to take part in Edmonson County's "Cram The Cruiser" event, which is the local branch of one the region's most popular benefit organizations, "Stuff The Bus," and each year we report the same thing: "biggest year ever."
For Edmonson County schools, being able to report the same news is anything but ordinary as the school supply drive increases each year. On Saturday, school personnel and volunteers along with KSP, Brownsville PD, and the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, worked the crowd at Family Dollar in Brownsville as folks dropped off their school supply and cash donations. Those were collected and sorted later in the day as the operation moved uptown to Sav-A-Lot, where the Stuff The Bus Foundation of Southern KY sorted, boxed, and matched even more donations. Volunteers also took donated cash and shopped for school supplies inside the store.
When all was said and done, a little more than $2000 was collected during the all-day event, all of which that stays with Edmonson County schools.
"We do this for the kids of Edmonson County," said Community Education Director Lisa Whobrey. "We have such a wonderful community and when we ask our community for help, it seems they give back tenfold."
Whobrey said the success of the event wouldn't be possible without not only the local community, but also the Stuff the Bus Foundation, which has worked with the Edmonson County event for the past 12 years.
Regional radio and media personality Tony Rose, Founder of STB, praised the local efforts of the Edmonson County portion of their program after helping with the event once again.
"I've said it for a long time and I'll keep saying it. Edmonson County is one of the best examples of how the local communities work together with Stuff The Bus," he said. "When you take their efforts, their passion, and that great working relationship and couple it with our mission and what our friends at Houchens Industries are doing, you end up with a significant impact on Edmonson County students that can ease the burden of the need for supplies, not just for the first part of school, but all year long."
Rose said when the STB Foundation decided to go on a multi-county tour, Edmonson County was at the top of the list.
"Edmonson County gets it and it's easy to see how they're trying to make a difference in local students' lives. I joke a lot about being an adopted Edmonson child, but after events like this, it seems like it's really true."
Pelican's Snoballs, a Bowling Green sno-cone dessert maker, set up at Cram the Cruiser and donated 20% of their total sales during the day. Several other businesses, local officials, and organizations also stopped to make donations.
So now what happens? Whobrey expounded the local process.
"The donations will be split between the five Family Resource Center/Youth Services Center offices once we're done with everything," she said. "The monies will be used to purchase more basic school supplies, backpacks, and basic clothing items like gym shorts, sweatpants, and similar items. The goal is to do our best to break any barrier that a student may have that could prevent a successful school year."
Truck Pull and Rodeo Return To Fairgrounds
The Edmonson County Lions Club Fair for 2018 has been set to run multiple weekends once again, beginning Friday, September 7th and will run with various nights and events until Saturday, September 22nd.
This year's fair will see the return of the KTPA Truck and Tractor Pull, which was discontinued as a result of low attendance over the past couple of years. There will also be an added Mud Run in addition to the Mud Bog.
Pageants will kickstart the fair as usual, and will be held at ECHS. Local and state competition winners will be chosen in various categories. The carnival will be open beginning on Wednesday, September 19th for family night and will run through the remainder of the fair.
The annual Fair Day parade is set for Friday, Sept 21st with schools dismissing for fair activities. The demolition derby is expected to be the fair's largest night and the rodeo, which was a success last year, will return as the final event of the 2018 fair.
The fair is sponsored and organized each year by the Edmonson County Lions Club, a volunteer group that contributes to dozens of local causes in Edmonson County each year.
The Edmonson Voice is proud to be a media sponsor of this local event. For more info, check out the official flyer for more.
Proclamation Signed For "ECMS Academic Team Appreciation Day"
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
The ECMS Academic Team was honored at Fiscal court on July 9, 2018 for their recent success in being named Junior National Academic Champions.
Edmonson County, who won the New Orleans division, edged out Johnson County Middle School (KY) for the National Championship title. Johnson County won the Orlando division of the tournament with a perfect 8-0 record, the same as EC; however, Edmonson County averaged 414 points per game, while Johnson County averaged 393 points per game.
The team was named National Champions on June 18, 2018.
A proclamation by Judge Will Cannon was signed to observe July 10, 2018 ECMS Academic Team Appreciation Day in Edmonson County.
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
One of two annual night meetings for Fiscal Court was held on July 9, 2018 in the upstairs court room. There was a good crowd attending, including Boy Scout Troop #597 and the ECMS Academic team.
County Road Foreman Ray Page reported road work in district four and five are complete and work in district three began Monday morning. He said mowers are heading towards Poplar Springs and after servicing the mowers, crews will head to the south side of the county.
Sheriff Shane Doyle announced that all full time deputies are now in new vehicles. he added that the mobile computer/printers for the vehicles have been received, which was purchased using seized drug money. He also said the sheriff’s office was recently able to recover a stolen four wheeler from a local couple. Finally, Sheriff Doyle announced that J.B Hines is now the sole district judge due to Judge John McCarthy now serving a new district.
Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported that there are currently 16 county inmates lodged in the Hart County Jail, along with one on home incarceration. There was one inmate hospital visit in June. He said the jailer vehicle is still overheating and they are unsure of the cause.
Parks and Rec program administrator John Kiernan shared the success of Freedom Fest 2018 and thanked all who helped make it possible. He announced they have plans for even more games next year. He said that Parks and Rec will be hosting a movie night on August 10th at the Chalybeate Park. Concessions will be set up and the soccer board will have games and be available to answer questions about the upcoming soccer season. He added that the basketball board will be having a public meeting for re-elections at 12 pm August 4th at the Parks and Rec office. Parks and Rec Director A.B. Webb also addressed the high water bill the city received and stated it was due to a bathroom faucet being left on after Freedom Fest.
Old business included a Scott Waste service update regarding surrounding counties. Treasurer Tammi Willhite called several surrounding counties and gathered information regarding trash pickup and pricing.
Butler County uses Green River Waste at $22.00 per month while Grayson County uses ten different companies for trash collections. She said the treasurer of Grayson County personally uses Pat Sanitation at $18 per month. Whillhite said the trash collection companies pay an annual fee of $50 to the county along with an annual report, which is a net profit report; and the county earns .5% off their net profit earnings.
Metcalfe County uses five different companies. She said the treasurer of Metcalfe County personally uses Mid-State Waste out of Glasgow and pays $18.00 per month. The trash collection companies pay an annual fee of $25.00, which is the only benefit for the county.
She said that a message was left for Barren County solid waste but a call wasn’t returned. The Barren County Treasurer personally uses an individual who charges her $15.00 per month. Todd County used Republic Services up until 6/30/18 at $41.00 per month. At the time of the call, Todd County was currently working with a company called Waste Industries to form a contract.
Hart County has county trash collection and charge their residents $15.00 per month. They pick up once a week, using nine trucks, sixteen employees and utilizes twelve to fifteen inmates as well. They do not have a mandatory trash collection in the county but they do have 87% participation rate. They still run at a profit and have not had a rate increase in ten years. Their population is 18,400 in Hart County. For residents 65 years and older their rate is $14 per month, free trash collection for their fire departments. They use the landfill in Glasgow and pay them $30,000 monthly.
Judge Will Cannon stated that he reports all complaints to Scott Waste Service and believes once those issues are resolved Scott Waste might be the best option for Edmonson County.
Boy Scout Troop #597 was also acknowledged during the meeting. They have been organized as a group of scouts longer than past groups in the county. Their attendance at last night's meeting helped the boys toward a merit badge they are trying to obtain.
Fiscal Court approved a class action lawsuit towards the federal government for money owed to the county in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The county will be joining others across the country for "payments in lieu of taxes." According to County Attorney Greg Vincent, There is a federal statute that grants certain municipalities, counties, or cities monies because states cannot tax the federal government.
Edmonson County is supposed to receive payments because the county cannot collect property taxes from lands surrendered to Mammoth Cave National Park. The county will not have to pay court or attorney fees and the money collected will be evenly distributed amongst the counties the federal government owes.
Rhonda Clemmons updated the court regarding Trail Town Day scheduled for Sept 22nd. She also mentioned anyone who would like to volunteer at the Edmonson County booth at the state fair can contact her to schedule a day. She also reported that County Attorney Greg Vincent has drafted a letter to send out to vacation rental owners in Edmonson County who are not paying their room tax as required by a county ordinance.
Vickie Walker shared with the court that anyone who goes to the Hot Rods game on August 8th and brings two cans of food will get discounted tickets for $5.00. The canned food collected will go to the Edmonson County Senior Pantry.
Barbara Fitzhugh, from St. John's Thrift store announced that on July 26th from 9-11am there will be produce giveaway for any resident in Edmonson County on the Courthouse lawn.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be on July 23rd at 9am in the upstairs court room.
Darren Doyle, story:
The 12th annual "Cram the Cruiser" event, which is part of the 13th annual Stuff The Bus Foundation school supply drive, will be held this Friday, July 13th in Brownsville.
Cram the Cruiser will kick off at Family Dollar at 10am and will last until about 2:30pm. It's an annual event sponsored by the Edmonson County FRC and YSC, along with Kentucky State Police, Edmonson County Sheriff, and Brownsville Police. The operation will be moved to Sav-A-Lot in Brownsville at 3pm with Tony Rose from D93 and the Stuff the Bus gang and will run until 6pm.
This year's event is sponsored by Houchens Industries, who will be matching donations at the store. ALL DONATIONS WILL REMAIN IN EDMONSON COUNTY and will be distributed to Edmonson County School personnel on the SAME DAY. Check out the video for all the details.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Kentucky State Police Post 3 has reported a fatal accident occurred early this morning on I-65 in Warren County near the Oakland exit number 36.
According to KSP, troopers responded to a single vehicle injury collision today at 6:18 am where James C. Williams (83) of Mcminnville, TN who was operating a 2000 Subaru Outback, traveled southbound in the right lane of travel when his vehicle exited the right shoulder of the roadway.
KSP reported that Williams’ vehicle traveled down an embankment and struck a tree before coming to final rest. According to witness accounts, Williams’ vehicle caught fire upon impact, causing severe damage to the front of the vehicle. Williams was pronounced dead on scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Master Trooper Tomie Walters. He was assisted on scene by Smiths Grove Fire Department, Med Center EMS, and Warren County Coroner’s Office.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
April Campbell Cummings, No tail lamps. Operate motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs-aggravator-first offense. Wanton endangerment-first degree. Possession of marijuana. Failure to wear seat belts. Careless driving. No/expired registration plates. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security-first. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Preliminary hearing 7/10/18.
Gavin Douglas Houchens, No/expired registration plates. No/expired KY registration receipt. Amend to all others, failed to appear.
Rosie E. Hopkins, Speeding 14mph over limit. Failed to appear.
Brandon Chester Gibson, No/expired registration plates. No/expired KY registration receipt. Amend to all others, failed to appear.
Daphne Dawn Crabtree, Trafficking in controlled substance-third degree-first offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference, 7/24/18.
Lindsey B. Kirby, Possession of controlled substance-third degree-drug unspecified. Controlled substance prescription not in original container. Pleaded not guilty to both. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Debra Cook McNutt, Possession of controlled substance-third degree-drug unspecified. Trafficking in controlled substance-third degree-first offense (two counts). Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Jeremy C. Johnson, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition farm equipment-$500 or more but under $10,000. Pleaded not guilty. Preliminary hearing 7/10/18.
Kristopher A. York, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, second or more offense, (meth), Trafficking in marijuana, second of more offense, Carrying concealed weapon by prior deadly weapon felony offender, Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, Trafficking in controlled substance, third degree, second or more offense, drug unspecified. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Preliminary hearing 7/10/18.
Ronald C. Allen, No/expired registration plates. No/expired KY registration receipt. No/expired KY registration receipt. Failure to produce insurance card. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. All dismissed. No tail lamps. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference. 7/24/18.
Stephen R. Brooks, Assault 4th degree domestic violence-minor injury. Menacing. Pleaded not guilty to both charges. Pretrial conference 7/24/18.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is warning of a local scam where a caller is claiming the recipient has an arrest warrant from the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said his office was contacted by a local resident who said he received a threatening voicemail with a number from New York.
"The caller stated the message said 'We have a warrant for your arrest from Sheriff Doyle,' and then gave a number to call so a fine could be paid," said Doyle. "The message claimed that unless the fine was paid, the resident would be arrested, which is absolutely false and is nothing more than another scam attempt."
Doyle said the Sheriff's Office will never call a resident in regards to an arrest warrant and they will never ask for any payment over the phone.
"We urge anyone who receives a call like this to hang up immediately," said the Sheriff. "Giving personal information over the phone is highly discouraged."