Madison Doyle, story:
Three Edmonson County High School seniors have signed to start their careers after graduating through the Skilled Trades and Engineering Program. Logan Brooks and Noah Parsley have signed to be apprentice maintenance technicians through the FAME program, starting at $19/hr, and will receive their associates degrees after 2 years. Will Edwards has signed to be an electrical apprentice, starting at $14/hr.
Joining the students was special guest Dennis Parker, founder of the FAME program, which is now across 12 states and will shortly be in up to four other countries. Mr. Parker, a 1974 graduate of ECHS, shared his thoughts about the program. "It's so great to be back in Edmonson County, the Parkers have been around this county since 1877 and now to be the founder of this program and have Edmonson County's first two students accepted in it, being here is just special. The idea we had for the FAME program was to have a grow your own program connecting kids from graduation to the workforce. The model of waiting for the students to graduate college wasn't working so we came up with an alternative to connect them earlier."
Both Parsley and Brooks thanked Mr. Shane Wilson, skilled trades and engineering teacher, for helping them find this program. "I'm thankful for this opportunity to go to school and work while gaining on the job experience," said Parsley. "As well as being able to stay in my home town and county to stay a part of the community."
"I want to thank my family and Mr. Wilson for helping me get to this point," said Brooks. "Mr. Wilson has helped me find this program and get the information together to be accepted to it. I look forward to getting through school while starting my career."
Will Edwards also expressed his gratitude for Mr. Wilson. "I am thankful for the opportunity to go work and learn at M&L Electric," he said. "When Mr. Wilson took us for the job fair, I loved their company. I can see myself working there for a long time."
Mr. Wilson said the goal of the skilled trades and engineering program is to provide every student with an academic plan or career path option where they can provide for their future families and hopefully give back to the local community.
"We are proud of these students and believe this is the start of something that will grow and be a huge benefit to families in our county," Wilson said. "Especially to those students that may not pursue year college degrees, but will be getting into skilled trades and other technical areas where a very strong living can be made while also allowing students to continue to live in our county."
Principal Jonathan Williams applauded Superintendent Brian Alexander for bringing these programs into the school system, and Mr. Wilson for leading the program.
"First, I want to thank our board and Mr. Alexander for having the vision to add these programs to our high school for one reason, students and their futures. Second, I want to thank Mr. Wilson for providing the leadership that's been required to get this program started and will be required to grow it from here," Williams said. "The facts are, 75% of our students do not go to college, so, we must make sure they have the skills they need to make a family sustainable wage with skills we teach here. Today was special but it is only a small part of a larger vision we have for our students. I hope our young people get the message that four-year college is not a must to be successful in this world. Thank you to all involved in making this possible."
Madison Doyle, story:
There were no major discussions at today's fiscal court meeting. Various reports were given by county offices, including:
The fiscal court also voted to
Judge Executive Wil Cannon reported that the upcoming Memorial Day Ceremony is this Saturday, May 28, 2022 in the court yard. He invited and encouraged everyone who can to come.
The next fiscal court meeting will be held Monday, June 13, 2022
Cameron Discusses Role Of AG and Differences With Beshear, Biden Administrations
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made a stop in Brownsville today and addressed a group in the Edmonson County Courthouse.
Cameron, who announced his candidacy for Kentucky Governor just over a week ago, discussed his role as Kentucky's highest-ranking law enforcement official and spoke about his sharp contrasts to Governor Andy Beshear and his administration.
"I try to get out to as many counties as I can. I think it's important for any of your statewide elected office holders to get out and have conversations and be embedded in the fabric of our communities across Kentucky," he said.
General Cameron said his goal when he took office in December of 2019 was to do his job without fear or favoritism. The challenges of the pandemic that came shortly after soon made Cameron a name that was well-known throughout the Commonwealth and the nation as his actions clashed with many of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's mandates and executive orders.
"We have an equally important responsibility to stand up and defend Constitutional rights," he said. "And that's what we endeavored to do during the pandemic."
Cameron said all down through history, the leaders that made the biggest impacts were that ones that led based on common sense. He referenced Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan, and said that common sense and fair play has to be a factor in successful future leadership.
"So you look at some of our leadership right now, whether it's in Washington or Frankfort, what we've seen in terms of the decisions that have been made in the midst of the pandemic has been a lack of common sense and fair play," he said.
He noted several examples where mandates were put in place for only certain groups of people and that the government had the authority to determine what businesses were essential and those that were not, which ones could be open or closed, and the closings of churches.
He also discussed travel bans, decisions that hurt gas prices for Americans, and other decisions made an the executive level that he described as being "unfair" and without common sense and fair practice.
"The decisions that we make in this office aren't based on animus or political gain," he said. "I think you all know based on 2020 I won't do things for political gain. I will do things because they are right and based on the Constitution and the laws of our state, not because somebody on Twitter's telling me I need to move in a certain direction. I want to do right by you all because I know that this office is a public trust and at the end of the day, I'm put in this office by you all to uphold and defend the laws of the Commonwealth and our whole team recognizes that, values that, and respects that, so we're going to continue to do that."
He discussed having a "common sense agenda," that represents the values of all 120 counties, which includes protecting the unborn, supporting and standing up for law enforcement, and ensuring the integrity of women's sports.
The Edmonson Voice asked General Cameron about the current lawsuit filed by Governor Beshear against him and other Kentucky constitutional officers that include the secretary of state, state auditor, treasurer, and agricultural commissioner over House Bill 334. The bill reduces Beshear's authority to appoint members to the Ethics Commission and was vetoed by Beshear in April of this year; however, that veto was overridden by the Republican majority. We asked Cameron to comment on the lawsuit and the other disagreements his office has had with Beshear's, most of which are widely known.
"I tell people that we have policy disagreements and he's a good family man, but we just have differences of opinions on things" he said. "But my perspective on things is, you all put me in this office to stand up for your Constitutional rights so I'm going to do that without fear or favor. When it comes to that particular piece of legislation, look, we'll let the courts decide. Obviously, I think the legislature is in the position of making the changes they want to and I think that this governor in particular has bristled at that notion--that they are in charge of policy in Kentucky and it's my perspective that, for instance, in my role, we don't offer a lot of bills out of our office because I think it's my role to defend the legislation that is passed by the General Assembly. I think the governor needs to be in a position of executing the laws that are passed by the General Assembly, but he takes a different view of that."
He said it depends on what day it is on what lawsuit you want to discuss coming out of Beshear's office.
General Cameron took several questions from the crowd, from seniors, students, and a few in between.
Cameron concluded his visit by thanking those in attendance and took a few minutes to speak to individuals as well accommodate photo requests.
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County Has 31% Voter Turnout
Darren Doyle, story:
Below are the documents with all individual Edmonson County voting precinct totals for the 2022 Primary Election.
Edmonson County had a 31% total voter turnout for the total election, according to the Edmonson County Clerk's Office.
EDMONSON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Another county road has suffered a collapse as a result of a sinkhole opening underneath.
Road crews were out early this morning in the 1400 block of Knob Road digging out the collapsed area. County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll said the area to be repaired is not too far from a similar collapse on the same road that occurred on December 22, 2021.
On April 30th, Arthur Road also had to be repaired for an even larger sinkhole there.
"I don't know if it's because of all the rain we've had or not," said Carroll. "We'll be out here for the rest of the week."
The road will be closed to thru traffic until all repairs are completed, which is likely to be sometime next week. The 1400 block is near the halfway point of the road that runs from KY HWY 422 (Pig Road) to KY HWY 259 (Brownsville Road).
Darren Doyle, story:
The 2022 Primary Election results are in with final totals from Edmonson County.
The winners are in bold below:
Sheriff Race: (R)
James Edward Vincent 1396
Shane Doyle 1059
Stoney Phillips 101
Judge Executive: (Republican)--will face Democrat Greg Hudson in November.
Scott Lindsey 1746
Jordan Jones 741
Todd Vincent 1747
Joe C. Daugherty 647
County Attorney: (R)
Adam Turner 1346
Greg Vincent 1154
Magistrate District 2: (Republican)--will face Democrat Joe Durbin in November.
T.J. Massey 256
John Kiernan 248
Magistrate District 3: (Republican)--will face Democrat incumbent Charlie Tarter in November.
Anthony Hennion 219
Faron Lindsey 111
Magistrate District 4: (R)
James Mickey Johnson 288
Pat Prunty 227
Magistrate District 5: (Republican)--will face Democrat Steve Sanders in November.
Gary Bagshaw 163
Jason E Vincent 117
Rickey Sanders (withdrew from race)
Constable District 2: (R)
Walter Lindsey 354
Tim Skees 153
Rand Paul (R) and Charles Booker (D) were the county winners in the U.S. Senate Race, and Brett Guthrie (R) and Hank Linderman (D) were the county winners in the U.S. Representative race.
The full totaled sheets are published below:
Darren Doyle, story:
Scott Lindsey has won the Republican nomination for Edmonson County Judge-Executive as he defeated Jordan Jones in the 2022 Primary Election.
Lindsey received a total of 1746 to 741, for a difference of 1005.
Lindsey will face Democratic challenger Greg Hudson in the General Election in November.
Darren Doyle, story:
James Edward Vincent defeated Shane Doyle in the 2022 Edmonson County Primary Election Sheriff's Race, winning 7 out of 8 total precincts in the county.
Vincent defeated Doyle 1396 to 1059, for a difference of 337.
Stoney Phillips came in third in votes with a total of 101 votes.
There will be no Democrat challenger in November.
Full precinct totals for all local elections will be published later tonight.
*This story was updated with final numbers.
Darren Doyle, story:
Attorney General Daniel Cameron will be in Brownsville on Thursday, May 19, 2022, for a meet-and-greet event with Edmonson County residents and local elected officials, according to the AG's Office.
The event is scheduled to be held at 11:00 a.m. CT at the Edmonson County Courthouse. All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
AG Cameron, a Republican, recently announced his candidacy for the 2023 KY Governor's race.
There will be time for a question and answer session with the Attorney General.
Nominations Will Be Open To Public
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County High School has created its first-ever "Hall of Distinguished Alumni" Committee, or HODA, for the purpose of honoring those which have attended Edmonson County Schools whose deeds, character, professionalism, sacrifice, heroism, or service to their community exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work.
ECHS Principal Jonathan Williams says that creating this honor was something he's wanted to do ever since he became principal at the high school and after some conversations with some local people, he's put together a committee to help navigate through the process that will honor deserving individuals.
"I first began talking about this with some folks that I thought may have experience in dealing with this, two of which were Mrs. Melinda Campbell and Mrs. Regina Byrd," he said. "Those conversations led to other people and everyone I talked to loved the idea because there are so many distinguished individuals that have come through the hallways of Edmonson County Schools."
Williams said he's always been proactive in dismissing the inferiority that so many have about the small-town nature of Edmonson County.
"I don't like when people say, 'well, for Edmonson County,' or 'we can't have that or do that in Edmonson County,' I don't believe that," he said. "We should always be proud of our county and I believe that having visual proof hanging on the walls out here of former students that have gone on to accomplish great things can help drive our students to achieve great things themselves."
Williams said after some research was done on how some surrounding counties have organized similar organizations, he began to explore the options of a HODA in Edmonson County.
"I went to our Site-Based Decision-Making Council and presented them some ideas I had and they authorized me to form a committee to oversee our HODA," he said. "It's a very diverse group of local people with various backgrounds that I believe will do a great job in this."
The HODA Committee is made up of the following: longtime Edmonson County school administrator Darrell Cassady, US Bank Financial Advisor Regina Byrd, ECHS language arts and English teacher Jessica Parsley, Edmonson Voice founder and Director Darren Doyle, WKU's Office of Philanthropy Donor Experience Senior Director Amanda Lich, former Mayor of Bowling Green and businessman Johnny Webb, KY Farm Bureau Agency Manager-Barren County Eric Spainhoward, and Principal Williams, all of which are ECHS graduates.
Eligibility requirements for being nominated as an Edmonson County Hall of Distinguished Alumi are still being discussed by the committee, but some requirements will likely include:
Principal Williams said no one has an agenda for nominees and a nominee doesn't have to be someone of wealthy stature.
"I think that's one of the things that makes us unique," he said. "Most other places, those that are honored are mostly wealthy people, and that's okay, we have that here, too. But if you think about it, you probably know someone that went to school in Edmonson County that influenced the lives of many, many people over the years that probably wasn't wealthy. Maybe some of those people will be nominated."
Williams said everyone he's spoken with about HODA has had someone come to mind during their conversation.
"As soon as I mention it, someone pops into mind," he said. "I think the most difficult part of this will be sorting through all the amazing nominees I expect us to receive. I'm looking forward to this process not only to honor those who are deserving, but also to learn the rich history we have in our county. I want to preserve that history for our students now and those to come and discover history from our trailblazers and influencers from times past."
The committee is still working on the details of the HODA but initial plans are to induct a class each year, with a higher number being inducted in the first year to help get the hall established. A banquet honoring the first class is in the works for sometime next year with details to come later. Honorary plaques for each inductee will be displayed in the front hall of ECHS.
So, did someone come to your mind while reading this? It's likely many of us will nominate the same people, and Williams said that's certainly okay. That can make the inducting process much easier in the beginning for sure; however, you may know someone that's been hidden or know a story about an individual that hasn't yet been told. Nominations for all potential HODA members will be open to the public soon.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Two individuals were arrested on felony drug charges as a result of a warrant service call on Sunday, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office stated that Edmonson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the 100-block of Blue Bird Road for a felony warrant service on May 15, 2022. According to officials, a male subject, identified at Cody Johnson (18) of Smiths Grove, attempted to flee back inside the residence as deputies made contact with the subject. Deputies reportedly were able to secure Johnson without incident and conducted a security sweep of the home, where they located another male subject, identified as Michael D. Thomas, JR. (23), also of Smiths Grove, the Sheriff's Office said.
Law enforcement said they observed drug paraphernalia with suspected methamphetamine residue laying in plain view during the security sweep. Since neither Johnson nor Thomas granted consent to search further, the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office applied for and was granted a search warrant, which resulted in the discovery of additional forms of drug paraphernalia, some with suspected methamphetamine residue, syringe, and marijuana, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Thomas took ownership of the marijuana, while both took ownership of the methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office stated.
Cody Johnson was arrested and charged with:
Thomas was arrested and charged with:
Both were lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon signed a proclamation on Friday declaring May 15th - 21st of 2022 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Edmonson County.
Darren Doyle, story:
Tuesday, May 17th is Primary Election Day in Edmonson County.
All regular polling locations will be open from 6AM to 6PM on Election Day.
Voters are encouraged to contact the Edmonson County Clerk’s Office at (270) 597-2624 with any questions concerning where they can vote on Election Day.
Election Day Polling Locations by Magistrate District:
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A dog is credited for helping law enforcement discover meth after it carried a purse belonging to its owner that contained illegal drugs, according the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Sheriff's Office, a deputy observed a Toyota Solara pull out of a driveway onto KY HWY 259 and cross into oncoming traffic, before turning back into the correct lane of travel around 1:48PM on Tuesday. The deputy then reportedly conducted a traffic stop near the 3000 block of KY HWY 259N where the driver was identified as Tonia Maria Harbin (44) of Mammoth Cave.
The Sheriff's Office stated that Harbin immediately exited her vehicle and began walking towards the deputy's patrol vehicle. Harbin was instructed to stop, but she continued walking to the passenger door of her vehicle where the deputy observed Harbin reach inside twice, prompting the deputy to ask Harbin if there was anything illegal in her vehicle, which she stated there was, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Officials stated that a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia with suspected methamphetamine residue, and a homemade magnetic drug hide, containing a bag of suspected methamphetamine.
While the deputy was speaking with Harbin, a small dog came out from under Harbin’s vehicle carrying a handbag. A search of the handbag resulted in the discovery of suspected methamphetamine and suspected marijuana, the Sheriff's Office stated. Harbin allegedly admitted to law enforcement that she threw the handbag under the vehicle.
Harbin was placed under arrest and charged with:
Harbin was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Madison Doyle, story:
County Clerk Kevin Alexander gave a report today in Fiscal Court that the new voting machines are working great and are easy to use. There was a bit of debate whether or not to use ARPA funding to pay for voting equipment in the amount of $125,000, or to use the county general funds. The court previously allocated the purchase from the general fund; however, in recent meetings, using ARPA money was brought to the discussion by Judge Executive Wil Cannon.
Cannon stated that he had spoken with Representative Michael Meredith, whom Cannon said investigated it further. Cannon said that Meredith expressed he was optimistic about using ARPA funding to cover the equipment, and said it was very likely that the state will reimburse the ARPA funding if used for the voting equipment, but there would be no certain guarantee.
County Treasurer Tammy Willhite said she has been in touch with Compass Municipal Advisors, LLC., the company hired to help administer Edmonson County's handling of ARPA funding.
"They [Compass] said the reimbursement to the ARPA funding is possible with a little extra paperwork, and proper steps taken to watch-out for auditing and budgeting purposes," she said.
District 3 Magistrate Charlie Tarter said he "did not feel comfortable" using the ARPA funding without the guarantee that it could be reimbursed, and that "if we take it out of general I feel like the county could deal with it a little bit better."
Judge Cannon called for a roll call vote, which resulted in a 4-3 approval to use the ARPA funds, with Cannon casting the first vote as "yes." Edd Rich, Corey Vanmeter, and Johnny Brooks, also voted to use ARPA funds, while Mark Meeks, Charlie Tarter, and James Vincent voted against it.
County Attorney Salary Discussion
The fiscal court also approved to increase the County Attorney salary to $35,000 a year, which is $10,000 higher than previously discussed at the last fiscal court meeting. At that meeting, County Attorney Greg Vincent stated he was grateful for the raise up to $25,000, but that it wasn't quite high enough for the job whether he gets re-elected or not.
Today, Vincent was absent due to being ill, but Judge Cannon stated that he agreed with what Vincent said in the last meeting, and that the raise should be higher than previously discussed. Cannon said the new salary of $35,000 will be effective January 1, 2023.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander also mentioned that mail-in ballots are now closed, and excused early voting started last Wednesday and will continue until this Wednesday. This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will start early unexcused voting. Alexander said "Anybody can come in those three days and vote early with out any excuse." He also stated that during these days, the clerk's office will be closed, and they will only be open for early voting. The hours are as follows:
Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 4 pm.
Alexander said that regular voting will open next Tuesday, May 17th.
Arthur Road Sinkhole
County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll updated the court in his regular report that the sinkhole that opened up on Arthur Road on April 29th had been repaired. He said estimated costs were around $50,000
This fiscal court also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting will be held on Monday, May 23rd, 2022.
Darren Doyle, story:
A Caneyville man has died and two Butler County men have been arrested as a result of a multi-motorcycle crash late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, according to Kentucky State Police.
According to KSP, On Sunday, May 8th, 2022, at approximately 12:20 am, Kentucky State Police Post 3 was requested by the Butler County Sheriff's Office to investigate a fatal collision. Troopers responded to the scene of the collision located near the 4800 block of Reedyville Road (KY185) in Butler County.
State Police reported that three motorcycles were traveling southbound on Reedyville Road near the 4800 block; a 2003 silver Harley Davidson operated by 35 year-old Teddy Duke of Morgantown, a 2000 red Honda motorcycle operated by 34 year-old James Shepherd of Jetson, and a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle operated by 39 year-old Jeremy Fegett of Caneyville.
Jeremy Fegett passed the other motorcyclists, at which point they lost sight of him, KSP said. Fegett continued southbound on Reedyville Road when his bike made contact with a 2012 John Deere Tractor and rotary cutter implement being operated by 34 year-old Carlos Hopper of Bowling Green, according to police. Fegett was reportedly thrown from his motorcycle and was struck by both Teddy Duke's and James Shepherd's motorcycles. Jeremy Fegett was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Teddy Duke and James Shepherd were arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, KSP stated.
Hopper, the operator of the tractor, was reportedly uninjured, according to KSP.
The investigation is being led by Trooper Bo Hubbard. He was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Butler County Rescue Squad, Butler County Coroner’s Office, Butler County EMS, 4th district, Bear Creek, and Morgantown Fire Departments.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A Bowling Green man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash on I-165, formerly known as Natcher Parkway on Thursday morning, according to Kentucky State Police.
On Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at approximately 9:50 am, Kentucky State Police Post 3 received a call for service in reference to an injury collision in Warren County, where troopers responded to the scene located at the 2-mile marker of I-165 northbound, KSP stated.
Police said that a 2004 Honda Civic, operated by 36 year old Matthew Harr of Bowling Green, was traveling northbound on Interstate 165 near the 2-mile marker in Warren County when the vehicle exited the right shoulder of the roadway and struck several trees before coming to rest.
Matthew Harr was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation is being led by Trooper Kevin Mayfield. He was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Woodburn Fire Department, Bowling Green Fire Department, and the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
Darren Doyle, story:
A Brownsville woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on one charge as a result of her role in the U.S. Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.
Reva Vincent, (57) of Brownsville, was charged in February of 2022 and arrested on March 8, 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, on one count of Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building, in violation of Title 40, United States Code, Section 5104(e)(2)(G). According to federal court documents, Vincent and her attorney, Gary S. Logsdon, signed the plea agreement presented by federal prosecutors on March 8, which was filed on April 22nd.
Federal court documents state that Vincent and her husband, who was not charged, traveled to Washington D.C. with several other individuals for the purpose of protesting the certification of the Electoral College. The documents also state that Vincent made now-deleted Facebook posts urging individuals to go to Washington, D.C. in order to "Stop the Steal."
Court documents further state that Vincent and her husband made their way up to the stairs onto the area of the U.S. Capitol just outside of the East Rotunda door, which was a restricted area. The documents state that Vincent used her phone camera to record the crowd and her movement from outside to inside the Capitol. The documents state that one video showed Vincent yelling "Go, go, go!" in response to the door opening. The documents also state that Vincent was heard yelling "That's our house. Leave our house!" "We want our house!" and "Stop the steal!"
According to the court documents, Vincent entered into the U.S. Capitol at 3:01PM through the Rotunda door while filming her entry past two police officers while exclaiming "In the door, we're in the door! This is our house, people! This is our house, not their house." "We made it inside, people!" "We made it inside!"
Vincent then made her way to the Rotunda and filmed herself, yelling "This was built with our money, our money, not theirs." "We own this Capitol," the court documents stated.
According to the documents, after leaving the Capitol, Vincent posted on her now-deleted Facebook account, "Man they shoot a women i wasn't too far behind her," and when Vincent was told via a post to leave and go home, she replied "Hell no thats our house." The documents state that Vincent later admitted that she actually had no knowledge of the shooting, but was only bragging in her post.
The charge is a Class B Misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of 6 months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. As part of the plea agreement, Vincent has been ordered to pay $500 in restitution, according to court documents. The restitution is in addition to sentencing. Damages to the Capitol as a result of the riots have been estimated in the millions of dollars.
Court records show there were also 18 other Capitol breach-related arrests from Kentucky, including one man from Cave City and another from Cub Run.
Vincent is reportedly to be sentenced later in Washington in U.S. District Court. The full plea agreement can be read here.
Darren Doyle, story:
A Brownsville man was captured after running from law enforcement on foot and hiding in the woods for a couple of hours after an altercation with another individual on Tuesday evening, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 2700 block of Chalybeate Road around 6PM to the report of a male subject with a lacerated arm as a result of an altercation. Officials said that while they were en route to the scene, they met a white Honda traveling at a high rate of speed with its emergency flashers activated. One deputy conducted a traffic stop on the Honda while another continued to the scene of the original call.
The Sheriff's Office stated that during the traffic stop, it was discovered that a passenger of the vehicle, Garry L. Foley (25) of Brownsville, was found to be the individual involved in the altercation from the original call, and had fled into the woods at the intersection of KY HWY 259/101.
Foley was able to elude law enforcement in the woods, the Sheriff's Office said, and because he was presumed to be heavily bleeding, a K9 from Butler County was requested to assist with the search. After an approximate 2-hour search, Foley was located lying down in the woods where he was given medical attention. He was extracted from the woods and transported to the hospital by Edmonson EMS, officials stated.
The Sheriff's Office further stated that after an interview with the victim, it was discovered that Foley was a previous resident of the home of the original call but had recently moved out. The victim reportedly returned home to find Foley inside the residence, after he had allegedly forced entry. An altercation ensued and Foley allegedly assaulted the victim and punched a window, causing the laceration to his arm, the Sheriff's Office stated. After being medically cleared from the hospital, Foley was arrested and charged with:
Sheriff Shane Doyle, who coordinated the search effort for Foley, offered his thanks for the assistance from the K9 from Butler County.
"We contacted the Butler County Sheriff's Office to ask for their K9 assistance, but they informed us that their K9 unit was not a tracking dog," Doyle said. "Instead, they directed us to a civilian dog trainer, Mr. Jeffery Barks, who offered his assistance with his trained tracking shepherd. With his help, we were able to locate this subject much quicker and safer than we could have without his resources. We greatly appreciate our neighboring agencies and our working relationships. I also want to thank our local Edmonson County Dispatch for their outstanding work during this incident."
Foley was also served an Emergency Protective Order and was lodged in Hart County Jail. The Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the National Park Service.
A Bowling Green man was arrested late Saturday night/early Sunday morning after a traffic stop resulted in felony drug charges, as reported by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office in a press release.
The Sheriff's Office stated that around midnight on May 1st, an Edmonson County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop after observing a vehicle cross the center line multiple times while traveling south on KY HWY 259. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Christopher D. Lee (40) of Bowling Green, who was discovered to have an expired operator’s license, according to the Sheriff's Office. Law enforcement reportedly detected the strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle and Lee admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said. According to the Sheriff's Office, a search resulted in the discovery of suspected marijuana, marijuana grinder, suspected methamphetamine, used and unused needles, and Suboxone. Lee was placed under arrest and charged with:
Lee was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Two individuals were arrested on Friday afternoon and face drug trafficking and other drug charges after law enforcement served an outstanding warrant, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office stated that they arrived at the 700-block of Stone Hill Road in the Cave Hollow Bay area of Mammoth Cave at approximately 3:30 pm on April 29, 2022 to serve an active arrest warrant for Catrina Letner (53). When officers arrived, they reportedly made contact with Letner and Eric D. Whitmore (54), and Letner was placed under arrest for the active warrant, as stated by the Sheriff's Office. While inside the residence, deputies reportedly observed two spoons containing suspected methamphetamine in plain view, officials said. Letner reportedly gave consent to search the property, which resulted in the discovery of multiple containers of suspected methamphetamine, used and unused needles, electronic scales with suspected methamphetamine residue, suspected Alprazolam, and several forms of drug paraphernalia, some of which contained suspected methamphetamine residue, according to the Sheriff's Office.
In addition to the arrest warrant, Letner was also charged with:
Darren Doyle, story:
What began as what appeared to be a relatively small opening from a sinkhole Friday afternoon turned out to be a big hole today on Arthur Road that will likely keep the road shut down to thru traffic for several days.
County Road Foreman Greg Carroll said road workers were notified of the hole yesterday around 6PM and the road was immediately closed at that section, near Canterberry Lane. The hole opened up to a much bigger problem today--one that about 40 feet wide, 40 feet long, and over 20 feet deep to the what appears to be the bottom
According to the Judge Executive's Office, crews began work around 6AM Saturday morning and will likely remain until dark this evening.
The road is expected to stay closed to thru-traffic for approximately a week.
Arthur Road joins HWY 259 south of the fairgrounds and HWY 70 just west of Cedar Road.
Darren Doyle, story:
A Brownsville man was arrested and faces felony burglary and assault charges after an incident on Thursday, according to Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle.
Sheriff Doyle said that the Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police, and Kentucky State Police responded to a residence on Mammoth Cave Road in response to a burglary complaint. The Sheriff stated that officers located David Lee Minor, (23) of Brownsville leaving the scene in a vehicle and he was stopped and detained by law enforcement.
When the Sheriff's Office arrived at the residence, they reportedly saw where Minor had allegedly forced entry inside and caused significant damage to the furniture and and inside of the home. The Sheriff said that while inside, Minor also assaulted an individual causing minor injuries and allegedly held a pair of scissors to the neck of the resident.
He was arrested and charged with Burglary second degree, Criminal Mischief first degree, Assault second degree (attempted), and Assault fourth degree (minor injury).
He was lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Drug Complaints Lead To Arrests
Darren Doyle, story:
Two Rocky Hill men were arrested and face multiple felony drug charges, including drug trafficking after local law enforcement followed up on a drug complaint, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office stated that they arrived at a residence in the 2000 block of Rocky Hill Road to perform what is known as a "knock-and-talk" around 11:50AM after receiving a complaint of possible drug activity at the house. Deputies said the vehicle at the residence had a license plate that did not match the vehicle's description. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies made contact with resident Charles A. Rector (28), at the front door of the property and immediately detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence. Rector allegedly denied having any marijuana and did not consent to a search of the property, officials said. The Sheriff's Office stated that when deputies advised Rector that he would be detained while they worked to obtain a search warrant, Rector became irate and attempted to flee back into the residence but he was placed in handcuffs without incident.
Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle applied for and was granted a search warrant for the property, which resulted in the discovery of marijuana plants, suspected methamphetamine, suspected buprenorphine, several forms of drug paraphernalia commonly used for trafficking drugs, an AR-15-style rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, a sawed-off shotgun, cash, and a debit card.
Rector was charged with:
The Sheriff's Office also reported that while deputies were on scene to execute the search warrant at this property, law enforcement observed two pick-up trucks, one white and one green, pull into the driveway of the residence, but they quickly stopped and left. Deputies reportedly followed in a marked patrol vehicle with lights and sirens activated, while the white pick-up allegedly pulled in front of the green and accelerated. The sheriff's office said that the green vehicle stopped while the white kept going and deputies pursued it to the 3000-block of Hayes Lodge Road, where it finally came to a stop. The driver was identified as Harold K. Hendrick (54) of Smiths Grove. During a search of his person, deputies found an unlabeled pill bottle with suspected Percocet (some loose and some bundled), suspected methamphetamine, and a large sum of cash.
Officials said those in the green truck were not in violation of any laws.
Hendrick was arrested and charged with:
Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the arrests.
"There's a lot of opinions on whether or not marijuana should be legalized, but we as law enforcement officers don't have the discretion of whether we want to deal with it or not," Sheriff Doyle said. "And because we pursued this particular tip, we were also able to find a large amount of methamphetamine, and it's just that much more that's off our roads in Edmonson County."
Both Rector and Hendrick were lodged in Hart County Jail.
Darren Doyle, story:
County employees, magistrates, and some elected officials will be getting raises, some beginning in June of this year and others in January of 2023 after the Edmonson County Fiscal Court voted to approve the pay increases at Monday's meeting.
Magistrates voted to allow a 5% increase to all county employees, effective June 26, 2022. They also approved a 7% increase in salary for themselves, which will be $8,025/yr, and a 7% increase for the Coroner, which will be $14,215/yr.
Magistrates also set pay rates for the deputy coroner ($6,300/yr), the finance officer ($14.44/hr), and the jailer's position ($30,000/yr).
The court also made a motion to increase the County Attorney's salary from $22,554 to $25,000 per year; however, County Attorney Greg Vincent spoke against the motion.
Vincent said that while it's completely possible he might not see the pay increase if he's not reelected, he didn't feel like the pay increase was fair in comparison with other county offices, whether it would be himself or his political opponent in office come January. Vincent said his office brought more revenue into the county than the county pays to run the office and said he generally brings in $100K/yr in delinquent tax revenue alone. He also added that the county pays less than half of the standard county attorney salary recommended by the state.
"I've done your work, and I've always gotten it to you on time or earlier than the deadline you've asked for, and I've never refused a call," he said. "And even if it's not me, I assume Mr. Turner will be the same way." He continued. "I don't want this to sound like I'm being ungrateful," he said. "I appreciate the thought of bringing this up, but I just don't understand the number, I don't understand the thinking of why you would treat one office so different from the others."
In addition to the salary, the county also pays $750/mo for rent for the county attorney, but Vincent said they do not pay for any supplies, utilities, or additional labor, (secretaries, assistants, etc.) as it does for other county offices.
Judge Cannon said he agreed that the proposed raise was not fair in comparison with the other offices and asked for another motion for a higher amount. District 3 Magistrate Charlie Tarter made a motion to table the discussion for the next meeting, which was seconded by District 1 Magistrate Mark Meeks.
The fiscal court also voted to: