Darren Doyle, story and photo:
A collision with a fire hydrant and a utility pole on North Main Street resulted in a trip to the hospital then jail for a Windyville man who was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs Saturday morning.
Emergency personnel were called to the intersection of North Main and Shelby Street near Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church around 11:40am to work a single vehicle accident. According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Darrell Ray, (59) of Windyville was headed north on Main Street when he veered off the right side of the street, knocking over a fire hydrant and striking a utility pole carrying electric, phone, and cable lines.
Sheriff's Deputies said that Ray was determined to be under the influence of drugs and according to law enforcement, the driver admitted to taking an undetermined quantity of narcotics prior to driving.
Officials on scene said there were reports that Ray nearly hit several vehicles before he crashed and that both the fire hydrant and utility pole would have to be replaced.
Ray was arrested and charged with:
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Darrell W. Vanmeter, Terroristic threatening, 3rd degree. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Andrew Glasscock, Failure to illuminate head lamps. Possession of alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Brandon W. Embry, Wanton endangerment first degree. Wanton endangerment first degree police officer. Fleeing or evading police first degree (on foot). Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Continued 8/8/17.
Angelia Kaye Lindsey, Possession of controlled substance first degree, first offense, meth. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Pretrial hearing 8/15/17.
Matthew Wade Hamilton, Trafficking controlled substance within 1000 feet of school. Trafficking in controlled substance first degree, first offense. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Pretrial hearing 8/15/17.
Pete Kamp, Riding on bow, etc. while motorboat underway. Continued 8/15/17.
Billy Ray Buchanan, Trafficking in controlled substance first degree, first offense. Trafficking in controlled substance second degree, first offense. Trafficking in marijuana, less than 8oz, first offense. Controlled substance, prescription not in original container. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Pretrial hearing 8/15/17.
Jacob Eberle, Failure to illuminate/no navigation lights. Continue 8/15/17.
Aaron D. Miller, Burglary second degree. Theft by unlawful taking-all others $500 or more, less than $10K. Pretrial hearing 8/8/17.
Eva Mae Epting, No/expired KY registration receipt. No/expired registration plate. Operating vehicle with expired operator's license. Failure to produce insurance card. Operating vehicle with expired operator's license. Failure to produce insurance card. Failed to appear. Notice sent to dept. of transportation.
Rachel A. Davis, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/15/17.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Local law enforcement responded to a single vehicle accident on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 around 9pm where a pickup truck was turned on its side in the 4000 block of HWY 259N, near Poplar Springs Road.
Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputies reported that as they approached the Chevy S-10 pickup, they could smell a strong odor of alcohol and the driver, Virgil B. Vertrees, (36), Brownsville, showed multiple signs of intoxication.
Authorities said that Vertrees admitted that he'd been drinking and it was determined that he was under the influence.
He was arrested and charged with Driving under the influence-second offense, and Careless driving. According to the Sheriff's Office, it was Vertrees' second DUI charge since May.
No injuries were reported and Vertrees was lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Darren Doyle, story:
Hellervik Oil Technologies has agreed to move their proposed gas plant back further into the woods instead of the lot that's been prepared located in the 16000 block of Louisville Road, near the 31W-422 junction, according to Dr. Lowell Hellervik, CEO.
The relocation of the proposed plant comes in the wake of a strong community opposition to those living near the proposed site, especially Steve and Debbie Miller, who live just a few hundred feet from the site.
A community group started circulating a petition on change.org that opposed the location of the plant and requested specific questions be answered from Hellervik. Comprehensive studies were requested regarding:
Blast Radius (in the event of an explosion, the distance from the explosion that the fire consumes)
Thermal Radiation (in the event of fire)
The petition also asks that Hellervik maintain a proactive approach and work openly with the community to address any and all issues that arise before the plant is operational.
A spokesman for the group, Stephen Miller, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Miller, said that up until now, these questions and requests had not been answered or addressed.
Dr. Hellervik said the reason for the delay in response to these questions and requests were due to huge delays in Hellervik's entire operation, and until many things that have to happen behind the scenes are complete, those questions could not be answered.
"There are other complications," Dr. Hellervik said. "We're having trouble on the customer end over in Bowling Green. We're trying to line up customers and we're talking to a variety of customers over there about what are the best solutions to the issues over there. There's some possibilities that we may just be adding Edmonson County gas to other gas to supply the Industrial Park or what have you. There are a variety of issues around that that are yet to be resolved. We have not, of course, put the gas plant in there and at this point and time I'd say if we did put a gas plant there, it will be up the hill farther, and up into the trees so that it's less likely to be seen."
Dr. Hellervik also said technology would allow the plant to run quietly and wouldn't be anything like the failed plant at Rocky Hill.
"I don't think people should get too excited about the gas plant right there in that spot," he said. "There are just too many issues floating around for us to move forward on it. We're still working on it but we're not sure at what terms things will happen."
The Edmonson Voice shared this information with Mr. Miller and asked for his response.
"Well, this is more than we've found out in months of trying to contact them," Miller said. "We've been asking these questions again and again and their field representative said he would pass along to the decision makers, but it's been months and we've heard nothing. Our position still hasn't changed. Until someone can answer these specific questions, we will continue to oppose the gas plant in a residential area. But I'll also say that hearing that they're willing to move the plant is very positive."
According to Hellervik, once more of the behind-the-scene steps are completed on the business side of things, the technical questions can be answered, but delays in the current operation are causing too many unknowns.
At an August 2016 meeting, Hellervik announced that the plant would be in the middle of a 127 acre plot that was densely wooded; however, the company only owns around 9 acres of that, and the gravel lot prepared is certainly nowhere near the middle of the property.
"I don't have a clue as to where the middle of all that acreage is, so I don't want to say 'middle,' but certainly up the hill and into the woods is what our intention is," said Hellervik. "We're talking about making the prepared lot a parking lot or something like that."
Dr. Hellervik also said that if this response didn't appease the local community for now, he'd be willing to hold a town meeting with local officials as participants or moderators and open it to the public; however, he says at this point he won't have much more information available.
"We've got to get our customers squared away. We've got to get our pipeline squared away. There are a number of pieces that have proven to be more problematic than what we originally thought. I promise you that it won't be near the road where that gravel lot is now."
Miller said that he and the community understands that Hellervik doesn't have to work with the community at all, but Hellervik were the ones saying they'd be a community partner, and by not responding to their questions in a timely manner gave the community reason to believe otherwise.
"We just want them to prove that it's safe and to put the plant where they said they would," said Miller. "That's what we're asking."
Darren Doyle, story:
James Clemons, 15, a missing teen from Rocky Hill has been located after a single vehicle crash in Smiths Grove around 5AM this morning, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said that Clemons' parents spotted him on the road around 4:15am and attempted to stop him, but the teen was able to drive around his parents' vehicle and get away.
Warren County Deputies located the vehicle and the teen tried to negotiate the intersection of HWY 101 and 68-80 at approximately 60mph, where he went through a ditch and field.
Officials said he was knocked unconscious for a short time and was being transported to the hospital for possible injuries.
It was also reported that apparently the teen had been driving around all night eluding others. Local and surrounding law enforcement officials along with the teens' parents have searched diligently all night.
It was not known the reason the teen left yesterday. Officials struggled to track any leads during the search.
Joshua James Clemons (15) Rocky Hill, is reported missing in Edmonson County.
Local law enforcement officials have announced that a teenager from Edmonson County is missing.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Joshua James Clemons, (15) of Rocky Hill (goes by James), was last seen at 2:50pm at the Rocky Hill crossroads, HWY 31W and 259. The teen apparently took his parents' vehicle, which is a silver 2017 Nissan 370Z.
Clemons was reportedly last seen driving the car, wearing a gray Edmonson County Football tee shirt with the sleeves cut out. He was also wearing shorts and Nike athletic shoes.
Clemons has brown hair but according to reports, he cut all of his hair off in a buzz cut today.
If you have any info on his whereabouts, officials are urging you to contact Edmonson County Dispatch at 270-597-2729.
Edmonson County Schools Start Weds, August 2nd: School and Law Enforcement Officials Offer Advice, Encouragement
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
It might be hard for some to swallow, but it's time to face the facts: school starts tomorrow.
Edmonson County Schools will officially return to session Wednesday, August 2, 2017 and school officials have offered some helpful hints and thoughts while local law enforcement remind residents to exercise caution and safety as morning and afternoon school traffic resumes.
Superintendent of Schools Patrick Waddell, who recently discussed the $3 million in school improvement projects happening throughout the district, said safety was one of his top priorities.
"Edmonson County Schools are ready for another year and we want our students to feel welcomed and safe," said Waddell. "We encourage everyone to allow some extra time and watch for buses that will rolling tomorrow morning and afternoon. We're excited and can't wait to see our students as school begins tomorrow."
ECHS Principal Tommy Hodges also said much of the same.
"We're looking forward to begin tomorrow and are eager to begin the 2017-18 school year," Hodges said.
Middle School Brandon Prunty had some helpful advice for ECMS students as they begin their school day on Wednesday.
"We're looking forward to another great year at ECMS. If students were unable to attend our open house last night, they will be able to pick up their schedules as soon as they get to school tomorrow. We will meet with all students in the gym for a few minutes to discuss expectations and procedures for the school year," said Prunty.
He also added, "One big change students will notice this year is a five-minute break after each class period, allowing them plenty of time and opportunities to visit their lockers during the day. We'd also like to encourage parents and guardians to be involved in their child's education. Talk with your kids daily to see what they've learned and encourage them to practice what they've learned by completing any homework that has been assigned. Students will put much more emphasis on their learning if they see it's important to their parents or guardians."
EC 5/6 Center Alan Talley said not only is he and the staff excited to see everyone tomorrow, but also that everyone there has worked extremely hard to prepare for the upcoming year.
"We'd also like to remind our parents that we expect a considerable amount of extra traffic in the morning so we encourage more caution and for everyone to take extra time for the safety of all our students."
Newly named Kyrock Principal Shaun Stice said things have come together nicely at their elementary school.
"As I've had time to work with my staff and gotten to know them better, I'm even more confident now that this is going to be a great year at Kyrock. We're excited to see everyone tomorrow," he said.
Jamie Woosley, Principal at South Edmonson, said he and his staff are looking forward to seeing all the Bulldogs out and about tomorrow.
"We're going to have a great year," he said. "We want to remind everyone to use caution in our parking lot during dropoffs and pick ups, and that our doors will open at 7:20am."
Local law enforcement also said that they will be out and enforcing school zone and speed limits.
"Please don't wait until the last minute and be in a rush," said Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewell. "Allow yourself plenty of time so that you can drive safely and cautiously through our school zones and near school buses."
Sheriff Shane Doyle said parking lots are also not to be overlooked.
"Please watch for pedestrian traffic in the parking lots. There'll be lots of excited kids and parents walking through school parking lots and they sometimes don't watch out for vehicles," said Doyle. "Please exercise patience as you travel through the lots and allow yourself extra time for your morning commute."
Darren Doyle, story:
Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball returned $7,246.65 worth of unclaimed property to Edmonson County during the second quarter of 2017. This initiative proactively searches for unclaimed property in three key areas: local government, schools, and charities.
“I am a big believer in property rights,” Treasurer Ball said in a statement. “One of my favorite things to do in government is to return people’s property to them. It’s why the Unclaimed Property Division in my office is so important.”
The Kentucky State Treasurer administers Kentucky’s Unclaimed Property Fund. Unclaimed property generally consists of payroll checks, unclaimed safety deposit boxes, old life insurance policies, stocks, or vendor checks that have remained unclaimed by their owners after several years.
The funds were turned over to the Edmonson County Board of Education where Board Finance Officer Tiffany Carroll said the funds were earmarked to help pay for Accelerated Reader and Star Reading and Math Programs throughout the district.
Treasurer Ball's office says the Unclaimed Property Division has been working on proactively seeking schools, local governments, and charities in the states that have unclaimed property. According to the treasurer's office, this first two quarters alone, the division was able to proactively return a total $495,332.72 across the Commonwealth.
“Proactively reaching out to schools, local governments, and charities has been a priority of mine since taking office,” Treasured Ball shared. “It’s important to make sure these groups are aware that they have unclaimed property and we get it returned quickly. These institutions are essential to local communities and any bit of money we can return to them can go a long way in strengthening the local economy.”
In total, Treasurer Ball has returned over $13.2 million dollars of unclaimed property during the first two quarters of 2017 and over $38 million since she took office.
To check for unclaimed property, please visit www.treasury.ky.gov.