Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Three In January
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday for their regular monthly
session and indictments were filed on three individuals in the Wayne
Circuit Clerks office.
Pearl Hall was indicted for two counts of Fraud or False Statement in
Obtaining Benefits over $100 – both Class D felonies.
Casey Jennings was indicted for Flagrant Non Support and Persistent
Felony Offender, 2nd Degree
And Donald Ray McClane was indicted for two counts of Possession
of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree – both Class D felonies and
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Viewers are reminded … the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury
is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
Evidentiary Hearing Set For July For Beckham B. Barnes
Motions were heard Tuesday, January 20th in Wayne Circuit Court
regarding a new trial for Beckham B Barnes, a Russell County man –
who has already been convicted twice of murder in the shooting death
of Troy Miller.
Barnes was first convicted of intentional murder and sentenced to 22
years - then the court reversed that decision, remanding a new trial -
in which Barnes was again convicted of murder and sentenced, as
recommended by the jury to 25 years. On Tuesday, an evidentiary
hearing was scheduled for July 8th and 9th in Wayne Circuit Court.
Request For Shock Probation For Christopher Pruitt Denied
Circuit Judge David Tapp has denied a request for shock probation for Christopher Pruitt. Pruitt’s Attorney Matt Garmon made the request for
shock probation after Pruitt had been incarcerated for roughly three
and a half months and had pleaded guilty to multiple felonies this past
September regarding thefts at Belden of Monticello. Pruitt owes 150
thousand dollars in restitution – and reportedly wanted to resume his
previous job to make payments on the amount owned. Judge Tapp
denied the request and Pruitt will continue to serve his total sentence
of ten years.
Wayne County Seniors Preparing for Future
Some 229 members of Wayne County High School’s Class of 2015 are currently busy making plans for their future. While it is an exciting time in their lives, it can also be a bit stressful or overwhelming.
Wayne County High School educators understand the burden seniors carry in competing for scholarships, filling out financial aid applications, and determining where to go to college, join the workforce, or perhaps go into the military. There are lots of final decisions to be made after preparing for these events for so long.
Jeremy Hicks Music Festival January 31 at the Center in Somerset
The Jeremy Hicks Music Festival to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital will be Saturday, January 31 at the Center in Somerset.
Bands participating will be Borrowed Blue, Rapid Transit, Blinde Peace, and the Bobby Perry Band. Music starts at 6 PM.
Traffic Stop Results In Two Arrests And Drugs Seized
On Thursday, January 8th - the Monticello Police Dept conducted a traffic stop
on a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer on East KY 90 near the 1275 intersection.
The traffic stop led to the arrest of 52 year old Terry Lowe and 45 year old
Leslie Huff, both of Monticello.
Lowe was charged with Operating On A Suspended or Revoked License. Lowe
and Huff were each charged with Trafficking In a Controlled Substance, 1st
and Promoting Contraband 1st.
The arrests led to a search warrant being executed by the Lake Cumberland
Area Drug Task Force, Monticello Police and Wayne County Sheriff's Dept.
With the arrests and execution of the search warrant, approximately 4.1 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, approximately 9 grams of suspected heroin, approximately 100 grams of suspected marijuana and over
$2000 in cash was seized. The approximate street value of the illegal substances - $11,000 dollars. Also seized during execution of the search warrant were three hand guns and several items of drug paraphernalia including scales and packaging materials.
Routine Business Matters At Wayne Fiscal Court Meeting
Wayne County Fiscal Court met in regular session Thursday, January 8th and agreed to keep monthly meetings set for the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The court took care of several other routine business matters including approval of the Rescue Squad Affiliation Agreement, which is required annually, and a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Forestry Service which gives their officers law enforcement powers in Wayne County.
The court heard a proposal by A & M Consultants, of Greensburg, Kentucky, a company that would review and update administrative codes, personnel policies and procedures, job descriptions and other required documents for county government. The company would provide a comprehensive review of numerous records, according to Misty Edwards who is a former county judge-executive in Green County. Magistrates received a copy of their proposal, which included a price of $12,500 for the service, but no action was taken.
Also during the meeting, magistrates approved the appointments of Ellen McKinley and Mark Massengale to the Extension Board and Karen Phillips to the Wane County Public Library Board.
Dewayne Perkins was appointed as Emergency Management Deputy Director.
Wayne County Sheriff Warns Area Residents Of Scam
Local residents have been receiving telephone calls and/or letters requesting
they send money to receive prize money. The caller will claim to be from Publishers Clearinghouse. Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron encourages
anyone who receives any of these solicitations to not send money. Any legitimate organization will not ask you to send money up front, and if they
do ask for money to be sent, they are a scam.
Monticello City Council Meets For Special Session
The Monticello City Council met in special session on Tuesday, January 6th and heard the first reading of two ordinances that will affect the way the ASPIRE Center and Memorial Park are managed in the future. One of the ordinances involves an inter-local agreement with the county that would create a parks and recreation administrative and oversight committee.
The committee would replace what is now the Park Board.
Council members received a copy of a letter from Park Board chairman Todd McFarland requesting that the city and the county take over management and operation of the park. The Park Board voted unanimously last month to make that request, according to McFarland's letter.
The second ordinance the council heard last night would amend the city's personnel policies and procedures to include a position for a Parks and Recreation Director. Since these were both first readings, neither ordinance required council action. They are expected to have the second reading for both ordinances and a vote at their regular meeting on Monday night.
Also during last night's meeting, the council approved the mayor's appointments of Scott Flynn and Robert Wixson to the Monticello Utility Commission.
Update: KSP Releases Info On Fatal Traffic Crash
On Monday, January 05, 2015 at approximately 5:34 PM, the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of fatal traffic crash on KY HWY 90 in Wayne County in the city limits of Monticello.
Upon arrival Trooper Adam Childress determined that a 1999 Chevrolet Tracker operated by Betty D. Burnett, 67, of Monticello was traveling westbound on KY HWY 90 when she crossed the center-line and struck a 1998 Chevrolet Pickup head-on which was traveling eastbound being operated by Mark A. Hodges, 50, of Monticello.
Burnett who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner’s Office.
Hodges who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner’s Office.
No drug or alcohol usage was suspected.
15 Arrested For Cruelty To Animals In Clinton Co. Sunday
The State Police Post at Columbia received an anonymous tip on Sunday,
January 4th around 10:09 AM CST, regarding a possible cockfight in progress at a barn on Lee's Chapel Road, 5 miles west of Albany. Tpr. Jason Warriner and Clinton County Sheriff Rick Riddle responded to the location and found a cockfight in progress. The ensuing investigation led to 23 chickens being taken by the Clinton County Animal Control office and 15 criminal arrests.
The following were all charged with Cruelty to Animals, 2nd Degree and Criminal Trespassing 2nd Degree:
19-year-old Cody Rhule, 23-year-old Eric Rhule, 45-year-old Ricky Rhule, 26-year-old Tabatha Williams, 39-year-old Kenneth Roberts and 31-year-old Stanley Crabtree, all of Monticello, KY.
28-year-old Michael Parker of East Bernstadt, KY
47-year-old James Davis Jr. of Edmonton, KY
20-year-old Kimberly Bridgman of Jacksonville, IL
38-year-old Greg Winchester and 51-year-old Ronald Lawson, both of Glasgow, KY
44-year-old Tony Gaddie and 25-year-old Christopher Medcalfe, both of Horse Cave, KY
23-year-old Shawn Abner of London, KY
45-year-old Johnny Poynter of Cave City, KY.
All were lodged in the Clinton County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.
Wayne County Jury Indicts Eight Individuals In December
During the regular December meeting of the Wayne County Grand
Jury - indictments were filed on eight individuals in the Circuit Clerk’s
Viewers are reminded … the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury
is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
Mill Springs Battlefield one step closer to becoming National Park
Congress has approved the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015, which included language from legislation directing the Department of Interior to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of adopting Mill Springs Battlefield into the National Park System.
In the early 1990s, the U.S. Department of Interior classified the site of the Battle of Mill Springs, located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, as one of the most endangered battlefields in Kentucky.
After years of work preserving the historic site, the Mill Springs Battlefield Association expressed its desire to turn the site over to the National Park Service and the people of the United States for future generations to enjoy.
The bill gives NPS three years to conduct a study to evaluate incorporating the battlefield into the National Park System. The analysis would consider the impacts on surrounding communities, recreational activities, and the cost of federal government operation.
Wayne County School Board Meets in Regular Session
The Wayne County Board of Education met in regular session last
night (Monday) and approved construction documents for the Wayne
County Middle School addition. The project continues to move along,
as the board also approved the BG-3 for the project.
The approximate 12,000 square foot addition will include eight new
classrooms at the school.
Also during the meeting, retiring board members were recognized.
Superintendent Wayne Roberts presented plaques to board chairman
Patty Roberts, vice-chairman Perry Elam and board member Sheila
Stephenson. Roberts has been a board member for 10 years, Elam has
been a board member for 12 years and Stephenson has been a board
member for seven years.
The board approved the comprehensive district improvement plan. They
also met in executive session to discuss the superintendent's
Murder Investigation Underway in McCreary County
On Friday, December, 12, 2014 at approximately 11:52 PM Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by the McCreary County 911 Center of a structure fire with a deceased male subject inside the burned residence on South HWY 1651 in the Pine Knot community of McCreary County.
Detective Billy Correll arrived at the scene and determined that the victim Johnny G. Taylor, 66, of Pine Knot had multiple stab wounds to his body.
Taylor’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy that is scheduled for today.
No arrest has been made at this time and the investigation is continuing.
KSP Detective Billy Correll is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by KSP SGT Bill Elliot, SGT Steve Smallwood, Detective John Barnett, Trooper Edward Jones, KSP Arson Investigator Detective Brian Lewis, Pine Knot Fire Department, McCreary County Sheriff’s Office and the McCreary County Coroner’s Office.
Wayne Fiscal Court Meets
Wayne County Fiscal Court met last night (Thursday) and directed the
County Attorney to join with the City Attorney in writing a letter to
South Kentucky RECC officials urging them to construct a community
room at the local utility office. The county judge-executive had sent
a similar written request to South Kentucky RECC in October, and
District Three Magistrate Dale Vaughn noted that the county has yet
to receive a reply.
Vaughn cited an article published in October 2007 in The Wayne
County Outlook in which South Kentucky RECC CEO Allen Anderson
outlined some of the things the electric utility planned after they
assumed ownership of the Monticello Electric Plant Board. One item
discussed was the constructio ofa new community room at the Electric
Plant Board office after it became South Kentucky RECC's office in
Wayne County. Vaughn stated during the meeting that he feels the
citizens of Wayne County deserve the same membership benefits as
other counties served by South Kentucky RECC.
With the letter, the county will join the effort approved earlier
this week by Monticello City Council.
In other action during the meeting, the court learned that the Wayne
County Rescue Squad has been awarded a $6,300 grant that will be used
to purchase equipment.
Magistrates approved an amended to the Wayne County Clerk's 2014
budget. They also approved the 2015 budget and the salary allotment
for the clerk's office.
Make Christmas better for a local child, Purchase a gift!
You may purchase Christmas gifts for the young people of our community. We still have almost 400 children that need Christmas. We would like to ask the community to help by picking up a childs name to provide Christmas for. If you would like to help, please come by the Hope Center at 918 Columbia Ave or call us at 348-4650.
RECC issues Scam Alert
South Kentucky RECC is warning its members to beware of people that pose as co-op employees, particularly by telephone.
SKRECC received reports today (Wednesday) from members regarding phone calls they supposedly received from the co-op.
Reports say a woman, calling herself Jennifer, is calling and claiming to be a supervisor with South Kentucky RECC. “Jennifer” tells members that a co-op truck is being sent today to disconnect service if they don’t pay their bill.
SKRECC Vice President of Member Services and Public Relations Ruby Patterson says if there is a need to contact a members about a delinquent bill, the co-op would use an automated phone call, but adds that SKRECC does not personally call members to tell them their bill is due.
“The only time an automated call is made is when people are about to be disconnected, and this is only done after business hours. During the course of this call, they are given the option to pay their bill, but it is electronically. Members are not giving their account information to a live individual.”
Patterson urges members to never give out financial or personal information to anyone that calls them and claims to be from the co-op, or to send money via Western Union or any other wire transaction. If members initiate the call to South Kentucky RECC to pay their bill or for some other business transaction, then she says it is safe to tell employees such information.
In addition, Patterson says that the current scam can include the co-op’s phone number appearing on caller i.d.
“It’s our understanding that the scammers have become sophisticated enough to i.d. their phones with co-op phone numbers to make the call seem legitimate. Again, I stress that we would not personally call and ask for payment. I encourage our members that receive these types of phone calls to hang up and call their local office. Our employees can confirm that the call did not originate from South Kentucky RECC, nor are we going to shut their power off in the next few minutes.”
In addition, employees and contractors from South Kentucky RECC that are working in communities or at your home should be in company vehicles, or vehicles marked as contractors, and have an identification badge. If they do not, you’re asked to call your county's Sheriff Department or the local South Kentucky RECC office..
Patterson says, “It’s always the smart thing to be very wary. We are concerned about our members and their safety, and we would rather them call us to ask than to have them the victim of a scam.”
Clinton Co Murder Results In Two Arrests And Apparent Suicide
According to the State Police Post at Columbia, on Monday, November
24th - Post 15 was notified that a deceased mail had been found
outside a residence on Ida Road in Clinton County. The landowner
found the victim at approximately 4:30PM Central Time.
Post 15 troopers and detectives were dispatched to the scene and
determined the victim, 36 year old Anthony W. Hargis of Albany died
as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators developed information that led them to believe James
D. Polston and Randall L. Wilkinson were at a trailer on KY 127, South
of Albany. Upon arrival, Wilkinson fled from the trailer on foot and was
apprehended. The State Police Special Response Team also responded
to the scene and through the use of a mobile robot and camera, were
able to get into the trailer and locate Polston lying in the floor of the
residence, dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.
Soon after Wilkinson was apprehended, 19 year old Desire Riddle of
Albany, who was at the scene was also taken into custody and charged
with Hindering Prosecution 1st Degree. Wilkinson was charged with
Tampering with Physical Evidence and Unauthorized Use of a Motor
Vehicle. Both were lodged in the Clinton County Jail.
Church Burglary And Stolen Vehicle Leads To Arrest
On Saturday, October 25th - the Wayne County Sheriff's Dept responded
to a burglary complaint at the Little County Church in the Murl community.
Upon arrival - deputies discovered the church had been burglarized and
several items had been stolen. Deputies also learned that a 2015 Chevy
Traverse had been stolen from inside the garage. Deputies notified Onstar
which indicated the vehicle was located in the vicinity of KY 696 and the
Clinton County line. Deputies canvased the area and located the vehicle
behind the residence at 966 KY 696. Deputies secured the area and
executed a search warrant at the residence. During the search, several
guns, musical instruments, coin collections, television, laptops, knife
collection, jewelry and an undetermined amount of cash was recovered.
The stolen vehicle was also found.
During the course of the investigation, deputies learned that Richard J.
Randolph Jr. lived at the residence and was located at 540 KY 696.
Randolph was arrested for Burglary 1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful
Taking $10,000 or more, Theft by Unlawful Taking from building $500
or more and Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree. Randolph was lodged in
the Wayne County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing
and more arrests are expected.
Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Twenty At October Meeting
The Wayne County Grand Jury met for their regular monthly session on
Tuesday, October 21st and indictments were filed on twenty individuals in
the Circuit Clerks Office.
Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a grand jury is an
accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless
Wayne County Fiscal Court Meets, Sets Tax Rates
Wayne County Fiscal Court met in special session on Thursday evening
and approved a memorandum of agreement with the state transportation
cabinet regarding $275,000 in road resurfacing projects in the county.
The funding represents the second set of discretionary funds the
county has recieved from the state. They also received flex funding
for blacktop projects in the county.
Also during the meeting, magistrates approved tax rates for 2014.
The tax rate for real property will remain at 12.6 cents per hundred
dollars of assessed value. The rate for personal property, aircraft
and documented watercraft will remain at 33.25 cents per hundred
dollars of assessed value.
The tax rate for motor vehicles will remain at 10.2 cents per hundred
dollars of assessed value.
Death Investigation Underway in McCreary County
On Sunday, October 12, 2014, at approximately 5:42 AM the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified of a residential structure fire with fatalities on Sycamore Trail in McCreary County.
KSP Arson Investigator Detective Brian Lewis along with Detective Billy Correll arrived on the scene and determined through an investigation that all three victims: David D. Perkins, 52, of Whitley City, Lisa Y. Perkins, 48, of Whitley City and Shanlen Crabtree, 3, of Whitley City were located in the bedroom of the residence. All three victims appeared to have died of smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time however, foul play is not suspected at this time. Autopsies have been scheduled for tomorrow in Frankfort.
KSP Post 11 Arson Investigator Detective Brian Lewis and Detective Correll is in charge of the investigation, they were assisted at the scene by Whitley City Fire Department, Pine Knot Fire Department, Kentucky State Fire Marshall’s Office, McCreary County EMS and McCreary County Coroner’s Office.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests October 1st - 10th
According to Wayne County Sheriff Charles Boston - Thursday, October
10th - the Sheriff's Department made three arrests. Forty nine year
old Anthony Parmley was arrested for Assault 4th Degree and Criminal
Mischief 1st Degree. Fifty year old Sheila Carroll was arrested on two
Wayne County bench warrants for Failure to Appear and twenty three
year old Wesley Brumley was arrested on a Clinton County and Casey
County bench warrant for Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fines.
Task Force Arrested Wayne County Man On Drug Charges
On Wednesday, October 8th - the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task
Force arrested a Wayne County man on drug charges. Forty seven
year old Gary Wolsey of Monticello was arrested for Trafficking of a
Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in
a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree (Hydrocodone), Trafficking in a
Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree (Suboxone) and Possession of
Pyles Waived His Right To A Preliminary Hearing
According to Pickett County, Tennessee Circuit Clerk Larry Brown - 34
year old Joshua Pyles appeared in court Wednesday, October 8th and
waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the two murder charges
regarding the deaths of Danny and Cody Dowdy at the Sugar Shack at
Static, Tennessee. The case was bound over to the January 5th meeting
of Pickett County's Grand Jury and Pyles is to appear January 7th for the
reading of indictments. He remains lodged in the Overton County Jail.
South KYRECC Reports New Scam
South Kentucky RECC is warning its members to beware of people that pose as co-op employees, particularly by telephone.
SKRECC received a number of reports today (Thursday) from members regarding phone calls they supposedly received from the co-op.
The first member said that she was notified that if she didn’t pay immediately, SKRECC would cut her power off immediat...ely.
SKRECC Vice President of Engineering and Operations Dennis Holt said if there is ever an issue with a person’s bill, the co-op would use an automated phone call, but adds that SKRECC does not personally call members to tell them their bill is due.
“The only time an automated call is made is when people are about to be disconnected, and this is only done after business hours. During the course of this call, they are given the option to pay their bill, but it is electronically. Members are not giving their account information to a live individual. And, we couldn’t possibly call our more than 66,000 members personally to tell them their bill is due and ask for payment by phone.”
Stardust Cruisers and Thoroughbred Houseboats Formally Announce Joint Venture
Stardust Cruisers and Thoroughbred Houseboats have announced a joint venture to combine their houseboat manufacturing businesses.
It brings the two largest remaining houseboat companies together to create the largest houseboat company in the country. Trifecta Houseboats will manufacture the three leading brands of houseboats, which includes the Sumerset brand.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests Sept. 25th - Sept. 30th
According to Wayne County Sheriff Charles Boston - the Sheriff's Dept
made six arrests on Thursday, September 25th. Thirty eight year old
Stanley Carroll was arrested on a Wayne County order for Failure to
Pay Child Support. Thirty four year old Lance Coffey was arrested on
a Wayne County bench warrant for Failure to Pay fines. Twenty six year
old Courtney Hartmeyer was arrested on Pulaski County bench warrants
for Failure to Appear. Twenty seven year old Dustin Burchett was arrested
on a Clinton County bench warrant for Failure to Pay fines. Fifty eight
year old Donna Loukes was arrested on a Wayne County warrant for
Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property and thirty year
old Bryan Choate was arrested on a Wayne County order for Failure to
Pay Child Support.
Wayne County Man Arrested By Federal Agents For Child Porn
Police moved quickly on Friday, September 26th to arrest a Wayne
County man who allegedly told an undercover officer he was about
to use a four year old girl to make a pornographic image.
According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Brandon Lynn Jones was
charged with producing and distributing child pornography after
sending the undercover officer photos of the girl.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests Sept 20th - 24th
According to Wayne County Sheriff Charles Boston - four arrests were
made over the weekend of September 20th and 21st. Twenty three
year old Felicia Dishman was arrested on a Wayne County bench
warrant for Failure to Pay Fines and an order of arrest for Failure to Pay
child support. Forty year old Joseph Houseman was arrested on a
Wayne County indictment for Flagrant Non Support. 35 year old Daniel
Ortiz was arrested on a Pulaski County bench warrant for Failure to
Appear and twenty seven year old Cody Lewis was arrested on Wayne
County warrants for Probation and Parole Violation and Failure to Pay
Massengale Sentenced To 12 Years For Death Of Roger Dean
Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard Junior sentenced Jimmy Massengale to
12 years on Tuesday, September 23rd in connection with the 2012
shooting death of Roger Dean.
Massengale appeared with his attorney in Wayne Circuit Court and
entered a guilty Plea to Manslaughter 1st Degree and Possession of
a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was sentenced to 12 years on
the Manslaughter charge and five years on the firearm charge – the
sentences to run concurrent for a total of 12 years.
Task Force Arrests Wayne County Man For Drug Trafficking
According to agents with the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force,
Patrick Humble was arrested on Wednesday, September 24th and
charged with two counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance.
Humble was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center on a ten
thousand dollar cash bond. The Task Force was assisted by the Wayne
County Sheriff's Department.
Two People Die In Two Separate Motorcycle Crashes
On Saturday, September 20, 2014 at approximately 11:23 PM, the State Police Post 11 London, received a report of fatal motorcycle crash on KY
696 in Wayne County.
Upon arrival Trooper Childress determined that a 2010 Thoroughbred Stallion Trike motorcycle, operated by George D. Matz II, 65, of Auburndale, Florida was traveling southbound when it dropped off the shoulder of the roadway
and overturned ejecting both the operator and passenger.
George Matz was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner’s Office. The passenger Cherry Matz was airlifted from the scene
and transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Both the operator and passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Earlier at 6:16PM on Saturday, September 20th - a motorcycle crash on
West KY 92 resulted in the death of Eva Leady of Monticello. Brook Dennis
also received injuries in that accident.
Lake Cumberland Task Force Makes Drug Trafficking Arrest
According to agents with the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force,
48 year old Nannie Crabtree was arrested on Thursday, September 18th
for three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Meth. Crabtree
was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash
or $30,000 property bond. The Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force
was assisted by officers from the Monticello Police Department.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests September 17th - 18th
According to Wayne County Sheriff Charles Boston - on Thursday,
September 18th - the Sheriff's Office made two arrests. Thirty two
year old Samuel Leroy Daniels was arrested on a Wayne County
warrant for Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property
and 26 year old Cody Coyle was arrested on a Wayne County warrant
for Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500 and Criminal Possession of a
Forged Instrument, 2nd Degree.
Wayne County School Meets, Raises Property Tax
The Wayne County Board of Education met last night (Monday) and
approved the tax rates for 2014-2015. The tax rate for real property
and personal property was set at 42.9 cents per hundred dollars
assessed value. That reflects a 1.3 cent increase over last year's
rate. The increase amount to approximately $8 more in taxes annually
for the average Wayne County homeowner.
The adjusted tax levy will generate a four percent increase to the
local district's revenues this school year.
The board set the motor vehicle tax rate at 52.8 cents per hundred
dollars assessed value, which is the same as last year.
The board also heard a report regarding dropout and attendance
rates. The district's dropout rate for the 2012-2013 school years was
1.4 percent. The average attendance rate for Wayne County in
2013-2014 was 94.49 percent.
Also during the meeting the board approved the working budget for
the 2014-2015 school year.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrested Three On Drug Charges
According to Sheriff Charles Boston, on Friday, September 12th - the
Sheriff's Dept responded to a complaint of some suspicious activity on
Lynch Ford Road and arrested 42 year old Ronald L. Burnett, 34 year
old Amanda R. Hutchinson and 19 year old Dylan R. Young - all of 195
South Second Street, Monticello. All three were charged with Possession
of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense and Possession of
Drug Paraphernalia - and lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
The investigation is continuing.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests Sept. 6th - 10th
According to Sheriff Charles Boston, on Wednesday, September 10th - the
Wayne County Sheriff's Office made seven arrests. Twenty seven year old
Jeremiah Doss was arrested on a Wayne County bench warrant for a
probation violation. Thirty four year old Raymond Bolen was arrested on a
Wayne County warrant for Theft by Unlawful Taking (shoplifting. Twenty
eight year old Terry D. Daniels was arrested on a Wayne County bench
warrant for Failure to Pay Fines. Forty year old Daniel McGuire was arrested
on a Wayne County warrant for Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition
of Property. Twenty four year old Dustin Atkinson was arrested on Wayne
County and Pulaski County bench warrants for Failure to Appear. Thirty four
year old Jason King was arrested on a Pulaski County warrant for Failure to
Pay Child Support and forty year old David Debord II was arrested on a
Pulaski County warrant for Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of
Wayne County Fiscal Court Meets
Wayne County Fiscal Court met last night (Thursday) and learned more
about a natural gas feasibility study conducted recently by Bell
Engineering. The study looked at all viable options for bringing
natural gas service to a common point in Wayne County.
Kelly Gillespie, president of Bell Engineering, presented a copy of
the study to magistrates, noting that it includes five different
options for the delivery of natural gas service to potential
customers in the county. Gillespie said the next step will be to send
a questionnaire to potential industrial customers in the county in an
effort to gage what the immediate demand would be for natural gas
service. Listen to WKYM for more today.
Burglary Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Wayne County Man
According to Wayne County Sheriff Charles Boston - on Thursday, Sept.
4th, the Sheriff's Dept responded to a call on East 92 regarding a burglary
at a residence. After investigating the burglary, deputies arrested Lucas
Decker and charged him with Burglary 1st Degree. Decker was lodged
in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Three other individuals were arrested on September 4th by the Sheriff's
Dept. Thirty four year old Justin Upchurch was arrested on a Wayne Co.
warrant for Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Possession
of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree and Tampering with Physical
Evidence. Forty year old Daniel McGuire was arrested on a Wayne Co.
indictment for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st
Degree and on a bench warrant for Failure to Pay Fines. 30 year old
Zachary Arnold was arrested on three Harrison County warrants for
Failure to Appear.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests August 30 - September 3rd
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept arrested four individuals over the Labor
Day weekend. Thirty four year old Clint Brummett was arrested on a
Taylor County warrant for Failure to Appear. Twenty eight year old William
Bertram was arrested on a Wayne County order for Failure to Pay Child
Support and on a bench warrant for Failure to Pay Fines. Twenty three
year old Jarren Dodson was arrested on two Wayne County bench
warrants for Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fines and 40 year old
Heather Grant was arrested for Alcohol Intoxication 1st Degree.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests August 23rd - 27th
According to Wayne County Sheriff Charles Boston - five individuals were
arrested over the weekend of August 23rd and 24th.
Thirty eight year old Tracy Barker was arrested on a Wayne County order
for Failure to Pay Child Support. Thirty three year old Maurice Napier and
57 year old Ronnie Duncan were arrested for Alcohol Intoxication. Thirty
year old Claudia Parris was arrested on Wayne Co. and Pulaski Co. bench warrants for Failure to Pay Fines and forty seven year old Natasha Searight
was arrested on a Wayne County warrant for Terroristic Threatening, 3rd
Naked "Pink Helmet Guy" Arrested on Public Square in Monticello
A bizarre incident in downtown Monticello has resulted in the arrest of a local man.
According to the arrest citation, 24 year old Bobby L. Hasty of Huffaker Street, Monticello was arrested early Tuesday morning after being spotted by a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy jumping off the Doughboy statue foundation steps in the middle of the public square while wearing only a pink helmet and tennis shoes.
The arrest was made at 4:26AM Tuesday. Hasty was charged with disorderly conduct second degree. Hasty told the arresting officer the stunt was done on a dare by friends. The deputy said he observed Hasty leaping from the Doughboy steps naked and running down the sidewalk as three friends watched .
Monticello City Council Meets
Tax rates for real and tangible property will decrease for city
residents this year. Monticello City Council met last night (Monday)
and approved the ordinance levying rates for 2014-2015.
The tax rate for real property has been set at 12.4 cents per
hundred dollars of assessed value. That decreases from 12.5 cents the
Kindergarten Student Walks Away From Walker Elementery
According to a release from Wayne County Schools, Walker Elementery went on lockdown Monday afternoon for a brief period of time, when it was discovered a kindergarten student was missing from their classroom. Immediate protocol procedures were taken by school oifficials with a sweep of the building at 2:08 PM.
School personnel noticed the student was missing during a bathroom break. As local police were being notified, a Monticello Police Officer simultaneously discovered the student on foot walking near home. The policeman escorted the student home.
The student's parents were immediately notified by the school.
An investigation is underway and the school will be reviewing its emergency safety plan to ensure a similar incident does not occur in the futute.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests August 16th - 21st
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept arrested four persons on the weekend
of August 16th and 17th. Tasha Brumley, age 18 was arrested on a
Wayne County indictment for Unlawful Transaction with a Minor. 29 year
old William Earnest, Junior was arrested for Operating an ATV on the
Roadway, Operating an ATV without Headgear and Carrying a Concealed
Weapon. 53 year old William Earnest was arrested of Obstructing
Governmental Operations, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Operating
ann ATV without Headgear and 31 year old Amanda Davis was arrested
on 2 Wayne County bench warrants for Failure to Appear.
W.C. Grand Jury Indicts Seven Individuals At August Meeting
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, August 19th and indictments
on seven individuals were filed in the Circuit Clerks Office. Viewers are
reminded that an indictment by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and
that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Wayne County Sheriff Has Received Several Reports Of Scams
The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of scams
and attempted scams. Sheriff Charles Boston would like to remind area
residents that any who contacts you claiming you have won money, but
asks for payment to receive the prize - that is a scam. Do not give out
personal information, bank and/or credit card information to anyone over
the phone. Also, if selling an item on any online sale site - do not ship
that item prior to verifying you have received payment. If you are buying
an item online, never link to Pay pal through an email. Always go directly
to a reputable site - such as Pay pal to complete your transaction.
Wayne County Sheriffs Dept Arrests August 9th - 14th
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept made four arrests on Saturday, August
9th. 28 year old Eric Ross, 37 year old Gary Hargraves Jr., and 20 year
old Tyler Dean were each arrested for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public
Place. 21 year old Kevin Ryan Dishman was arrested for Driving Under
the Influence of Alcohol and Speeding.
City Council holds August Meeting
Monticello City Council met Monday and heard the first reading of an
ordinance setting tax rates for 2014-2015. According to the ordinance,
the real property tax rate would be set at 12.4 cents per hundred dollars
of assessed value. That drops from 12.5 cents last year.
Three Wayne Countians Involved In Fatal Accident In Burkesville
State Police investigated a collision that occurred at approximately 3AM
on Monday, August 11th, seven miles West of Burkesville on KY 90. 30
year old April M. Thompson of Burkesville was traveling East on KY 90
operating a 2006 Chevy van, when she crossed the center line and collided
with a westbound 2007 Freightliner Semi Truck operated by 50 year old
Robert Nissley of Monticello.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests August 1st - 8th
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept arrested five individuals Thursday, August
8th. 42 year old Tommy Daniels on a Wayne County bench warrant for
Failure to Pay Fines. 38 year old Ricky Daniels was arrested on a Wayne
County indictment for Tampering with Physical Evidence and Persistent
Felony Offender. Daniels was also arrested on a Wayne County bench
warrant for Contempt of Court. 50 year old Paul Bell was arrested on a
Wayne County warrant for Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree. 32 year old
Troy McGuire was arrested on a Wayne County bench warrant for Failure
to Pay fines and 22 year old Kirstin Lair was arrested on a Wayne County
bench warrant for Failure to Appear.
Opening Day Attendance - 3173 Students At Wayne County Schools
Wayne County Schools welcomed students back to campus Wednesday (Aug 6th). According to preliminary attendance figures, there were a total of 3,173 young people who came to school on the opening day. Last year at the beginning of the school year there were 3,235 students in attendance, however, enrollment increased by the end of the 2013-2014 school year to 3,326 students in the district.
Raft Up 2014 On Lake Cumberland This Saturday, August 9th
One of the biggest events on Lake Cumberland - Raft Up will be held on
Saturday, August 9th from Noon til 5PM in the "Shinbone" area just West
of Conley Bottom Resort. Any houseboats that want to be part of the
days events must park along the shoreline and not tie-up with the smaller
boats and cruisers. This will be strictly enforced with the assistance of
The Lake Cumberland Raft-Up started in 2010 breaking the Guiness World
Record of having the most boats tied up together in a single raft-up. Let's
make this year's Raft Up the best one yet. Join WKYM and Lake
Cumberland Marine for our live broadcast on Saturday, August 9th from
Raft Up 2014.
Wayne County Man Arrested For Double Murder At Static
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Wayne County man in the deaths of a father and son whose bodies were found Thursday morning at their family-owned business – the Sugar Shack at Static.
TBI says 34-year-old Joshua Clay Pyles of Monticello was arrested on two charges of first-degree murder. Police say he killed 58-year-old Dan Dowdy and 22-year-old Cody Dowdy late Wednesday night.
Investigators quickly developed information that led them to Pyles and are
still investigating the motive for the killings. Pyles is being held in the Pickett County jail without bond.
Thursday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Dept assisted in collecting evidence regarding the murders. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations or the Pickett County Sheriff’s Dept at 931-864-3210.
Wayne County Sheriffs Dept Arrests July 25th - July 31st
The Wayne County Sheriffs Dept made four arrests on Friday, July 25th. 45
year old Lonnie Stephens was arrested on a Wayne County Bench warrant
for Failure to Appear. 47 year old James Scott Cowan was arrested on a
Wayne County bench warrant for Failure to Pay Fines. 23 year old Austin
Tucker was arrested for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and 49 year
old Bruce Tucker was arrested for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place and
a Wayne County bench warrant for Failure to Pay fines.
Officials Warn Of Spoofed Caller ID Phone Scam
The Pulaski County sheriff's office is warning citizens of a recently reported phone scam involving a spoofed caller I.D. in which callers may ask for personal information.
Apparently, the calls are made from an automated call machine, known as a robo call, that spoofs the caller I.D. to show up as a number the victim would recognize and trust, many times their own number. The caller then may request personal information including credit card numbers.
The sheriff's office would like the public to know that the technology to alter the caller I.D. information they are seeing on their phones exists, and may be used to trick them into giving out personal information.
If you get a suspicious call where you see your own phone number on the caller I.D., hang up on the caller or just ignore the call.
At this point, officials are not clear as to what the caller may say or ask for, because the person who first reported the incident hung up the phone immediately.
Detectives said similar incidents are documented on the Better Business Bureau's website.
Coroner and Sheriff say Alley's death was Accidental
In a joint press release issued by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Wayne County Coroner’s Office, a final report has been issued regarding the disappearance and discovery of Marshall K. Alley.
Mr. Alley was last seen February 21, 2014 when he was given a ride and dropped off near Save-A-Lot in the Tradeway Shopping Center. He was reported missing March 10 2014 by his family.
Over the next several weeks and extensive search was made to locate Mr. Alley. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department and the Wayne County Rescue Squad and its volunteer members spent many hours searching an area closer to the area he was last seen, which included surrounding fields, mountains, Highway 1275 South, and Elk Creek to the southern city limits of Monticello.
His body was discovered on May 11, 2014 on the bank of Elk Creek at the northern edge of the city limits by two children who lived in the area. He was identified through a physical description provided to law enforcement, a description and match of the clothing he was wearing, and the location being app. ½ mile from his home.
A scene investigation was conducted by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Coroner’s Office, and the Kentucky State Police. That investigation did not produce any sign of foul play. Assistance at the scene was also provided by the Wayne County EMS and Monticello Police Department.
His body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort. A final autopsy report came to the conclusion that Mr. Alley died from Hypothermia (also known as Cold Exposure), and in these circumstances will be classified as an Accidental death.
Wayne County Sheriffs Dept Arrests July 18th - July 23rd
The Sheriffs Dept arrested 37 year old Kristie Branch for Criminal
Trespassing 1st Degree on Friday, July 18th. 25 year old Jordan
Koontz was arrested on Saturday 19th for Assault 4th Degree.
Wayne County School Board meets
The Wayne County Board of Education met last night (Monday) and
approved a letter requesting that the Kentucky Department of
Education waive bidding for professional services for the middle
school expansion project. School officials want to use the same
architect and construction manager involved in the construction of
the building without going through the bidding process. The board
also approved a contract with Hilliard Lyons, who will serve as
financial advisor for the middle school expansion project.
Also during the meeting, the board approved a field trip to Puerto
Rico for students in the district's gifted and talented program. The
trip is tentatively set for April 2015 and would either be a five-day
or a seven-day trip. It would be open to middle school and high
school students who are part of the gifted and talented program.
In other action, the board approved a lease agreement with
Department of Juvenile Justice for use of office space at the former
Monticello School central office building.
Ohio Teen killed in boating accident
A young Ohio man is dead after a Sunday evening boating accident on Lake Cumberland.
Nineteen-year-old Adam Sharp of Greenfield, Ohio was pronounced dead around 7:25 p.m. Sunday. Officials say he was a passenger on a watercraft when it was struck by another.
His body has been taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.
The incident is still being investigated by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials.
Wayne County Sheriffs Dept Arrests July 12th - July 17th
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept made two arrests on Saturday, July 12th. 35 year old Renee Garth was arrested for Theft by Unlawful Taking (Shoplifting) and 35 year old Erica Lovett was arrested on a Wayne County Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear to court. On Sunday, July 13th - 31 year old Elizabeth H. Hill was arrested on a Parole Violation warrant.
Immunization Records Must Be Up To Date For School Age Children
With the start of school just a few weeks away, it is important for parents to make sure their child’s immunization and health exams are up-to-date in order to enter school. In fact, students particularly in preschool, kindergarten and sixth grade need to be contacting their health care providers for appointments as soon as possible to fulfill the required health guidelines, so they are eligible to attend school.
Students entering Wayne County School District for the first time must have up-to-date immunization certificate, school physical documentation, and completed vision exam record. In addition, kindergarten students must have: dental exam documentation and sixth graders must have a physical exam and up-to-date immunization record.
Monticello City Council Meets
Monticello City Council met in regular session Monday and
unanimously approved a resolution supporting the construction of a
new state-of-the-art public library in downtown Monticello. Mayor
Jeffrey Edwards read the resolution, after explaining that the
library board purchased property near the Wayne County Extension
Office several years ago for the purpose of building a new facility.
The resolution requests that the board include an open dialogue with
the city and the community as it begins the process of constructing a
new library. Edwards noted that in most communities, libraries are
located in the downtown area where they are easily accessible by a
large number of citizens. A downtown location is more friendly to
users, particularly to those who can walk to the facility.
Probation Violation Leads To Methamphetamine Arrest
According to the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force - on Friday, July
11th, while assisting Probation and Parole - the Task Force and Monticello
Police officers arrested Gary Woosley on a probation violation warrant.
They also seized three and a half grams of crystal meth, cash, other
illegal narcotics and an old police walkie talkie Woosley was using to
monitor police activity. The investigation is continuing and task force
agents stated other charges would follow, pending the outcome of lab
results from the KSP crime lab.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests July 5th - July 11th
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept arrested three individuals over the 4th of
July weekend. On Saturday, July 5th - 57 year old Lawrence Nobel Junior
was arrested for Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree and Menacing. 39 year
old Jeffrey D Pyles was arrested for Assault 4th Degree. On Sunday, July
6th - 38 year old Roger C Blevins was arrested for Assault 4th Degree,
Update: Body Found In Pulaski County Has Been Identified
The Pulaski County Coroner's Office has identified a man found dead
Tuesday, July 8th along a Pulaski County Roadway as 45 year old
Ricky Alan Meredith of Eubank. Investigators believe Meredith was
walking West on Highway 452 when he was struck by a vehicle
At this point, investigators do not have a suspect vehicle description.
Meredith was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy. Anyone with info is
asked to contact the Pulaski County Sheriff's Dept at 678-5145.
Breaking News: Body found this morning in Northern Pulaski County
The Pulaski County sheriff's office and the Pulaski County Coroner's office have recovered a body this morning off East Hwy 452 in northern Pulaski County. The body was found by road crews working along hwy 452.
The body is that of a white male dressed in blue jean shorts and no shirt. He has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy and to determine his identity.
Preliminary investigations suggest he is likely the victim of a pedestrian accident and the driver left the scene. This accident possibly occurred Sunday night into Monday.
Anyone with information about any vehicle or person involved in this crash is asked to contact the Pulaski County sheriff's office at 606 678 5145.
Further details will be released as they become available.
Vehicle Pursuit and Death Investigation in Pulaski County
On Saturday July 06, 2014 at approximately 9:48 PM the Pulaski County 911 center received a call of a reckless driver on KY, HWY 80 in Somerset. The vehicle was described as a white BMW convertible. Shortly after a Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement Officer observed the BMW operating in a reckless manner on KY, 80 and activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle and the operator of the BMW later identified as Lonnie S. Walls, 50, of Smyrna, TN accelerated and continued traveling west on KY, 80.
A vehicle pursuit was initiated and Walls continued traveling west on KY, 80 for approximately (2) miles were he lost control of his vehicle and struck another motorist traveling in the same direction causing Walls to strike the concrete curb damaging his vehicle. After his vehicle came to a rest Lonnie Walls exited his vehicle armed with a handgun and shot himself in the head.
Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroners Office from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Two Individuals Airlifted Following Accidents Friday, July 4th
According to the Monticello Wayne County 911 Communications Center,
Monticello Police investigated a motor vehicle - pedestrian accident at
10:50PM on Friday, July 4th on West KY 90 near Dollar General. A
woman struck by a vehicle was airlifted for treatment.
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept responded to an ATV accident at 9:40
Friday night near Camp Earl Wallace that resulted in one person being
airlifted for treatment.
Wayne Couny Sheriffs Dept Arrests For June 28th - July 2nd
On Wednesday, July 2nd - the Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested
28 year old Jessica F Daniels on a Wayne County order of arrest for
Failure to Pay Child Support. 45 year old Matthew L Sullivan was also
arrested Wednesday on a Parole Violation warrant.
Wayne County Fair Horse Show Results
Pee Wee Barrels
1st. Mia Miller
2nd Brooke Burke
3rd. Kenzie Miller
2014 Wayne County Fair and Horse Show ATV And Motorcycle Results
Class 1 11 years and underATV limited to 70cc
3rd place – Kyle Ragan, 2nd place – Colton Baker, 1st place – Ty Piercy
Class 50CC motorcycles
Two Accidents in Wayne County On Lake Cumberland Over The Weekend
Two accidents overnight on Saturday, June 28th resulted in three individuals being airlifted for treatment. According to the Monticello Wayne County 911 Communications Center – one accident involving a jet ski was reported at
8:53PM on Saturday at White Oak Creek near Conley Bottom. One person
was flown for treatment.
The other accident on Lake Cumberland involving two boats was reported at 11:46PM Saturday night, just North of Beaver and Otter Creek. The injured individuals were taken to Jamestown and two were flown for further medical treatment.
Somerset Attorney Murdered (Release from Somerset Police Dept)
At 8:01 AM Friday, June 27th, Somerset police officers responded to a shooting in downtown Somerset on West Mt. Vernon Street, behind the
Pulaski County Courthouse.
The calls came in when a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Detective and several other people witnessed Clinton D. Inabnitt, age 40, of Somerset shoot Somerset Attorney Mark Stanziano, age 57, outside Stanziano’s law office at 207 West Mt. Vernon St. Stanziano was shot multiple times. The sheriff’s detective was able to approach Inabnitt and take him into custody. Inabnitt was charged with murder and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
Two Wayne District Court Cases Waived To Grand Jury
In Wayne District Court Action on Wednesday, June 25th - Brian Hutton
was on the docket for a contempt hearing regarding 10 counts of
Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Unauthorized Production of a Credit
Card and Contempt of Court. This case against Hutton was waived to
the Grand Jury.
At Ian Dunn’s preliminary hearing on Wednesday – his case regarding
charges of Arson 3rd, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun,
Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 2nd and 6 counts of Terroristic
Threatening was waived to the Grand Jury.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Arrests For June 19th - 26th
According to Wayne County Sheriff's Charles Boston - the Sheriff's
Dept made 3 arrests on Thursday, June 26th. 39 year old Alisha
Decker was arrested on a Wayne County bench warrant for a
probation violation. 22 year old Aaron Dishman was arrested on a
Wayne County bench warrant for non payment of fines and 34 year
old Kaywood Smith was arrested on a Whitley County bench warrant
for non payment of fines.
Clinton County Circuit Jury Finds Roberts Brothers Guilty
After 9 hours of deliberations on Thursday, June 19th - a Clinton
County Circuit Court Jury finished deliberations just before noon
on Friday regarding the Commonwealth’s murder case against
Thomas and Phillip Roberts in connection with the death of 73
year old Frank Perdue.
Phillip Roberts was found guilty of 1st Degree Manslaughter and
2nd degree Burglary. Thomas Roberts was found guilty of
Wreckless Homicide and 2nd degree Burglary.
Criminal Mischief Leads To Arrest By Sheriff's Department
According to Wayne County Sheriff Charles Boston, on Saturday,
June 14th - deputies were dispatched to criminal mischief complaints
at Senture Call Center and Morrow’s Monument on West KY 90,
where substantial damage had occurred to the businesses. During
the same time period, deputies were also dispatched to New Charity
Baptist Church on Greenbriar Loop Road, regarding a possible
burglary and criminal mischief to the church.
On Monday, June 16th deputies identified and arrested Stephen Abbott
of Monticello on Criminal Mischief, a Class D felony regarding damage
at the Church. Abbott was lodged in the Wayne County Detention
Center. On Wednesday, June 18th - Stephen Abbott was also charged
with the incidents at Senture Call Center and Morrow's Monument.
Arrest warrants were issued and served on Abbott for two counts of
Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree. Bond was set at 5000 dollars cash only
on each warrant. Pending results of the investigation, these cases will
be presented to the Wayne County Grand Jury.
Sheriff's Dept Arrested Several Individuals June 14th - 18th
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept arrested 7 individuals on Wednesday,
June 18th. 26 year old Gary Hicks, Junior on a bench warrant for
Failure to Appear in court. 35 year old Michael Daniels on a Wayne
County indictment for Bail Jumping, 1st and Persistent Felony Offender.
52 year old Brenda Andrews was arrested on a Wayne County
indictment for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd - Promoting
Contraband and other charges. 20 year old Nicholas Shook was
arrested on a Wayne County indictment for two counts of Burglary,
3rd, two counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking and Unlawful Transaction
with a Minor, 2nd.
A Scam Has Been Reported By Wayne County Residents
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept reports that callers of county residents
are stating they are with the local Sheriff's Office, and they are offering
a free security system to the resident for a one time installation fee if a
credit card number is given. This is a scam. The Sheriff's Office is not
giving out free security systems. Anyone with questions may contact
the Sheriff's Office by calling 348-5416.
Monticello Man Arrested By Sheriff's Dept On Four Felony Counts
According to Sheriff Charlie Boston, on Friday, June 13th - Sheriffs Units
arrested a Monticello man and charged him with 4 felony counts. While
assisting Monticello Police Units on a traffic stop, Sheriff Units found
evidence resulting in the arrest of 32 year old Bryan R. Hutton. He was
charged with 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 1st
Degree and 3 counts of Theft of Identity of another without consent.
Hutton was also served by Monticello Police officers with several arrest
warrants and 1 criminal summons. He was lodged in the Wayne County
Detention Center. The investigation is continuing.
Monticello Police Devoting Time To Juvenile Curfew Ordinance
According to Chief of Police Ralph Miniard, with the arrival of warm
weather - longer days and summer vacation from school, the police
department will be devoting much more attention to Monticello's
juvenile Curfew Ordinance.
The ordinance applies to persons under the age of 18, and requires
parents to be responsible for the children's whereabouts and activities.
Wayne County receives overs $120,000 in grant funding
Wayne County Judge/Executive Greg Rankin and Solid Waste Coordinator Tim Bell received excellent news earlier this week as Wayne County requested and received a grant from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management for $120,546 to expand the county’s recycling program. The money will be used to purchase an Excel Model EX 63 Horizontal Manual Tie Baler with a conveyor system, four Pro SR16 21-cubic yard roll-off recycle boxes with internal compartments, one Sure-Trac low profile flatbed trailer, plus fund a one day household hazardous waste collection, all of which will support the county’s growing recycling project.
Monticello City Council meets, approves budget
Monticello City Council met Monday and approved the budget for the fiscal
year 2014-2015. The budget totals approximately $2.2 million and is very
similar to the one that the city is currently operating under. The budget
includes a two and a half percent pay increase of all employees.
City of Somerset is going into Gasoline Business
The City of Somerset is going into gasoline business in a couple of weeks. Seeking to stabilize gas prices, the city will sell regular grade gasoline at their fuel center on Chappell’s Dairy Road.
The fuel center is also headquarters to Somerset’s natural gas operation. According to officials, the price of gasolne at the fuel center will be determined by an average of gas prices within a 50 mile radius of Somerset.
18 Year Old Monticello Man Charged with Arson
On Thursday, May 22, 2014 at approximately 5:27 am the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London, received a request for assistance, from the Monticello Fire Department on a suspicious fire at the Wayne County Attorney’s Office.
KSP Post 11 Arson Investigator, Detective Brian Lewis, responded to the scene and determined the fire to be Arson.
Through the course of the investigation Detective Lewis arrested James Rigney, 18, of Monticello.
Rigney was charged with Arson 2nd Degree, Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500.00 and Tampering with Physical Evidence and lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Record Number of Visitors to Lake Cumberland Memorial Day Weekend
According to a story in today’s Somerset Commonwealth Journal,
Tom Hale, operations manager for the US Corps of Engineers, estimates 390,500 visitors were in the five counties that border the lake during the recent 78-hour Memorial Day weekend. No specific county estimates are available.
Visitation during Memorial Day weekend increased 158,500 in the five lake counties compared to Memorial Day weekend in 2009, one of seven summers when Lake Cumberland was lower than normal to facilitate repairs to Wolf Creek Dam.
Two Liquor Stores, up to Eleven Package Stores to open in Burnside
According to the Somerset Commonwealth Journal, the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has allotted two liquor licenses to the City of Burnside
The licenses went to local businessmen J.D. Hamilton and Brook Ping, respectively. Hamilton operates Lee’s Ford Marina off of Ky. 80, and Ping, is a real estate developer
The ABC determines how many quota licenses a community gets based on population, and also which applicants get those licenses. Licenses for stores to sell liquor — including wine and distilled spirits — and considered quota licenses, with a limited number available. By contrast, an unlimited number of licenses are available for stores to sell beer or malt beverages only. Burnside had 11 applicants (many of those are current gas/convenience stores).
One liquor store will be located in an old bait shop facility near Nancy, close to the outlet of Lee’s Ford Dock Road onto Ky. 80, and will be 4,000 square feet in size. The other location will be in Burnside, next to the old Reno’s Roadhouse facility and be approximately 7,050 square feet in size.
'Normal' lake woos holiday visitors (The Commonwealth Journal)
Just like old times! Crowded camping spots smothered with hazy blue smoke emitted a hungry smell from grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and an occasional steak. Parking spaces near boat-launching ramps were occupied bumper to bumper with empty trailers towed by four-wheel-drives. Boats plied Lake Cumberland, a seemingly expansive sea. Sounds of laughter permeated the still of a scenic waterscape. It is the first holiday of summer! Lake Cumberland is normal again! “The old coves are back,” said Dale Winters, who with wife Becky and daughter Gracyn had been perusing the lake’s 1,250 miles of shoreline in their Sundancer yacht “ ... for a long, long Memorial Day weekend ... since Thursday.” They are from Ohio, part of the Ohio Navy returning to its favorite mooring place. The Winters’ family is familiar with Lake Cumberland; they’ve been here before.
Wayne County Grand Jury Met On Monday, May 19th
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Monday, May 19th and indictments were
filed on 14 individuals and other un-named individuals in the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is
an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent until and unless
Wayne County Girls Position remains open.
The Wayne County High School Site base Council will met Tuesday. No action was taken on the vacant Head Coach’s position for the Wayne County Lady Cardinals. The position has been open since Alan Burchett stepped down following the regular season.
Wayne County Board meets in Regular Session
The Wayne County Board of Education met last night and honored
Superintendent John Dalton, who was serving as superintendent for his
last meeting before retirement. Students and staff members expressed
appreciation to Dalton for his 29 years of service to the Wayne
County Schools, 18 of those years were as superintendent.
KSP Announces Trooper of the Year and other Awards
The Kentucky State Police announced the 2013 Trooper of the Year, Detective of the Year, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer of the Year, Facilities Security Officer of the Year and other awards for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty today at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Wayne County Football Moves to Class 4A
The KHSAA finalized the new alignment for High School Football for the
2015 though 2018 seasons.
Wayne County, will move from Class 3A to Class 4A, District 6, with
Clay County, Knox Central, Rockcastle County and Russell County
joining the Cardinals.
Monticello City Council Meets
Monticello City Council met Monday and heard the first reading of the
budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. Council members held a budget
work session just prior to their regular meeting to review the budget
The budget is very similar to the one the city is currently operating under,
and the general fund for next year totals approximately $2.2 million.
The budget includes increased expenditures for health insurance, which
will rise about 13 percent for employee coverage. It also includes a two
and a half percent pay increase for city employees.
Also during the meeting, the council approved the appointments of
Bob Hayden to the Tax Appeals Board, Robert Wixson to the Monticello
Housing Authority and Tim Dalton to the Park Board.
Marshall Kay Alley's Body Found Sunday, May 11th
According to a news release from the Wayne County Sheriff's Dept,
on Sunday, May 11th the Wayne County 911 Center received a call
that a body had been found off of Christian Mill Road in a field near
a creek. Deputies from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office were
dispatched to the location and found the individual to be deceased.
The Wayne County Coroner was called to the scene. It was
determined that it was Marshall Kay Alley who was reported missing
in March of 2014. The investigation into the cause of Alley's death
is continuing by Kentucky State Police.
Near Head On Collision Results In Five County Pursuit
After a vehicle traveling on Main Street in Monticello at 4:20AM on
Saturday, May 10th almost hit a Monticello Police Cruiser head on –
a traffic stop was attempted by Monticello Police which resulted in a
pursuit into five counties.
The pursuit by law enforcement started in Wayne County and continued
into Pickett, Fentress and Scott County, Tennessee – then the driver
made his way back into Clinton County – and Wayne County before
being apprehended around 6AM.
Kyle Matthews was charged with Wreckless Driving, Fleeing and Evading
1st, DUI, DUI suspended and two counts of Wanton Endangerment.
Matthews was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Charges are expected in the three Tennessee counties and Clinton
County as well. Monticello Police Officer Chris Lyon, Wayne County
Deputy Sheriff Jason Phillips and other law enforcement agencies
Wayne Roberts is new School Superintendent at Wayne County
Wayne Roberts has been hired as the next Superintendent of Wayne County Schools. Roberts received eight of the nine votes from Board members, as Larry Muse did not vote.
Roberts currently serves as the School's Assistant Superintendent, a position he has held for the past eight years of his 30 year career at the School. WKYM will have more on Roberts hiring Tuesday morning.
Wayne County School Board interviews Superintendent Candidates
Three other superintendent candidates were interviewed by the Wayne
County Board of Education during a special meeting Tuesday night. They
included Director of Instruction Winona Griggs, SITS Coordinator
Donnie Neal and Assistant Superintendent Wayne Roberts. The meeting
was held in executive session.
On Monday night, the board interviewed the district's Director of
Pupil Personnel Allen Clark and Wayne County High School Principal
No action regarding the superintendent search was taken by the board
at either session.
According to a timeline set during the search process, the board
plans to have a new superintendent hired by May 1.
Unemployment drops in Wayne County from 12.6% in 2012 to 11.7% in 2013.
Kentucky officials say annual unemployment rates rose last year for 57 of the state's 120 counties but dropped for 51 counties. Including Wayne County.
The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County's annual jobless rate last year was the state's lowest, at 6.1 percent, up from 6 percent in 2012. Leslie County had the highest rate in 2013 at 17.7 percent, up from 14.1 percent a year earlier.
In the ten county Lake Cumberland area, unemployment rose from 9.4% to 9.5 % from 2012 to 2013, while in Wayne County the unemployment rate dropped from 12.6 % in 2012 to 11.7% in 2013
Wayne County Board Meets in Special Session
The Wayne County Board of Education met in special sesson Tuesday night for the purpose of getting recomendations from the Screening Committee for the soon to be vacant Superintendent's position.
The almost two hour meeting was spent in Executive Session, with the Screening Committee meeting with the Board the first 30 minutes of the meeting.
The Screening Committe was scheduled to make their recommendations to the Board during their time in the meeting. The Board then spent another 80 mInutes setting up their schedule to interview candidates during upcoming meetings.
After the meeting was over, Board Chairperson Patty Roberts declined to give any details of the upcoming proccess, or the names of the candidates to be interviewed by the Board.
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Monticello City Council meets
Monticello City Council met last night (Monday) and learned more
about the historical program that will be presented April 22 at 7
p.m. the Wayne Theater regarding Kendrick Avenue. The program is part
of a requirement the city had to meet in regard to the Scattered Site
Housing Project which included demolition and reconstruction of a
home on historic Kendrick Avenue.
The Wayne County Historical Society is hosting the program on behalf
of the city and it will feature information about the history of
Kendrick Avenue as well as photos of homes along the street. The
meeting is open to the public.
Also during the meeting, the council approved the reappointment of
Jess Davis to the Housing Authority.
The Search Continues For Missing Wayne County Man
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept continues their search for Marshall
Kay Alley - better known as Kay Alley. Kay has been missing since
February 21st and anyone with information as to his whereabouts
is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Dept at 348-5416 or
to contact the 911 Communications Center. If you have seen Alley
since February 21st notify law enforcement authorities immediately.
Wayne Fiscal Court Meets For Regular April Session
The Wayne Fiscal Court met in regular session on Thursday, April 10th
and agreed to advertise for 120 feet of guard rail for Pete Upchurch
Road. Bids will come back to the court so they can determine the
cost of the project.
The court also heard a request from residents of Foster Mountain
Road for a half a mile of the road that's gravel to be blacktopped.
The road is used daily by school buses and is heavily traveled.
County Judge Executive Greg Rankin said some funds will become
available in the next fiscal year and they would get estimates on
how much the project will cost.
The court also approved the re-appointments of Frank Phillips to
the Monticello Wayne County Industrial Authority and Norma Reese
and Bill Bush to the Northern Wayne County Ambulance Board.
Wayne County Schools Extending School Day Monday
As of Monday, March 24th - Wayne County Schools will be extending
their school day for the remainder of the school year. Classes will
begin at 8AM and dismiss at 3:35PM allowing 35 additional minutes
of instruction per day, while not exceeding seven hours per day.
As most buses arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to the necessary drop
off time, the district believes buses should only run about seven
minutes earlier in the morning and they will be approximately 20
minutes later in the afternoon. The drop off time at each school
will be adjusted to assist parents due to the change. Pre-school
will not change.
Wayne Co. Deputy Sheriff Arrested Two Times In Three Days
According to Wayne County Sheriff Charlie Boston, on Sunday, March
9th - Danny Guffey was arrested for Assault 4th degree, 2 counts
and Criminal Trespass. Guffey, a Deputy with the Wayne County
Sheriff's Dept was suspended last week for a similar incident. Deputy's
were dispatched to the residence on a domestic call which resulted in
his arrest. Guffey was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center
and will continue on an unpaid suspension pending the outcome of the
Guffey pleaded not guilty to all counts Monday, March 10th in Wayne
District Court. He was released from the Wayne County Detention
Center on a one thousand dollar surety bond Monday afternoon for
home incarceration. Guffey will appear for a pretrial April 14th at 1PM.
Two Burkesville Men Arrested For Theft At Belden Plant
Two Burkesville men were arrested Tuesday, February 25th by Monticello
Police in connection with the theft of several thousand pounds of copper
from the Belden Plant in Monticello.
36 year old Christopher C. Pruitt was charged with Theft by Deception
over $10,000 dollars, a Class C Felony - and Receiving Stolen Property
over $10,000 dollars. 45 year old Jimmy Lee Pruitt was charged with
Theft by Deception over $10,000 dollars, a Class C Felony and Criminal
Possession of a Forged Instrument second degree, a Class D Felony.
Both suspects were lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. The
arrests came as a result of a confidential investigation opened by the
police department in December of 2013 at the request of management
at the Belden Corporation, the Monticello Plant. Monticello Police were
assisted in the arrests by two deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff's
Wayne County Grand Jury Meets And Indicts Eleven
The Wayne County Grand Jury met for their regular monthly session
on Monday, February 17th and indictments were filed on 11 individuals
in the Circuit Clerks Office.
Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury
is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
Wayne County Board Meets, Updates Calender
The Wayne County Board of Education met in regular session Monday night and heard an update regarding the current school year’s calendar. The district has missed 15 days this winter due to weather and a day for the state football championship.
Days that were designated in the calendar as teacher work days and professional development days built into the calendar have become school days and additional days have been added to the end of the calendar. If no more days are missed, the last day for classes will be June 4. The last day for teachers will be June 5.
Wayne County Man Dies in House Fire
On Thursday, January 30, 2014, at approximately 1:28 PM the Kentucky State Police, Post 11, in London was notified of a residential structure fire with a possible entrapment on HWY 90 in Wayne County.
The Monticello Fire Department, along with the Susie Fire Department were dispatched to the scene at approximately 12:49 PM and discovered the resident inside the home deceased.
The victim Ricky Fairchild, 55, of Monticello was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time but no foul play is suspected
KSP Post 11 Arson Investigator Detective Brian Lewis is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by KSP Detective Billy Correll, Monticello Fire Department, Susie Fire Department and the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s Office.
UPDATE: Tanker crash in McCreary County closes US 27 for several hours.
On Thursday January 30th 2014 around 05:00 A.M. officer Duffy Sutton with the Kentucky State Police-Vehicle Enforcement responded to serious traffic crash involving a commercial vehicle cargo tanker located near the 2 mile marker on US27 in the Sloan Valley community of Pulaski Co.
Upon arrival and through investigation officer Sutton determined 24 year old Lucas Gregory of Whitley City was operating a 2012 Peterbilt loaded with gasoline when he left the roadway overturning spilling thousands of gallons of fuel over an embankment.
Gregory was airlifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where his condition is not known. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors and Gregory was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.
Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Fourteen Individuals
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, January 22nd for their
regular monthly meeting and indictments were filed on 14 individuals
in the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury
is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
Monticello City Council Meets
Monticello City Council met in regular session last night (Monday)
and approved a resolution that will allow the city to apply for a
$20,000 Land and Water Conservation grant for improvements to the
ASPIRE Center. The grant money would be used for a variety of
projects, including additions to the walking trail, painting in the
gymnasium and the purchase of new equipment.
The grant requires a 50 percent match, which Edwards said would be
split with county government. The majority of the match will be
provided by in-kind services.
Also during the meeting, the council recognized the promotion of
Sgt. Joe Bybee to Assistant Chief for the Monticello Police
Department. Bybee was introduced as the Assistant Chief by Monticello
Police Chief Ralph Miniard.
Councilman Joe Gibson made a request that the council look into
placing a historical marker on College Street recognizing songwriter
Dick Burnett and the song “Man of Constant Sorrow.” The council will
research the process of getting a marker placed at that location.
UPDATE: 51 Year Old Man Found Dead Monday in Wayne County
The Wayne County Coroners Office says the 51 year old man found dead Monday has been identified as Ronald Dale Hubbard.
At approximately 8:59am the Wayne County Coroner’s Office was notified that a body had been discovered lying in a ditch on the American Legion Road in Wayne County. Deputy Coroner Anthony Vaughn responded to the call and death was pronounced at approximately 9:20am. The name is not being released at this time pending family notification. The cause of death is still under investigation. An autopsy is being scheduled at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.
URGENT: Monticello Police Issue Wanted Person Notice
McArthur Douglas Young, aka: John Young, is being sought by Monticello Police. He is a 39 year old male , 5'11, 170lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair
He is wanted on a Warrant of Arrest for Wanton Endangerment 1st.
Young is considered possibly armed and dangerous.
If anyone has information or on Young's whereabouts;
Please contact 911 or Local Law Enforcement.
Wayne County Boys Win Smokey Mountain Classic 115 - 103
Wayne County won the Championship game of the Smokey Mountain
Classic over Knoxville Carter, Tennessee tonight (December 21st) -
that final 115 - 103. The Cardinals are now 8 - 0 on the season.
Peyton Woods was named Most Valuable Player. Trey Blevins and
Corey Stearns were named to the All Tournament Team.
Wayne County will be back in action on Thursday, December 26th at
3PM against Lee County in the Monticello Banking Company
Holiday Tournament. If the Cardinals win that game they will play East
Hamilton Thursday night. Admission's free to the Holiday Tournament
to be held the 26th through the 28th at Wayne County's gym.
WC Football Coach Voted Courier Journal Coach Of Year
Wayne County Football Coach Shawn Thompson has been voted
The Courier Journal coach of the year. Thompson received 14
votes from coaches around the state.
Thompson took over as Wayne County's head coach in 2004 and
has been climbing ever since. He led the Cardinals to the Class
3-A state championship game this season and has been voted The
Courier Journal's statewide Coach of the Year.
Thompson led Wayne County to a 14-1 record this season, falling to
Belfry 3-0 in the Cardinals' first-ever trip to a state final. Thompson
has a 76-42 career record at Wayne County and had enjoyed eight
winning seasons in 10 years. The Cardinals reached 10 victories for
the first time under Thompson in 2012. Thompson was also voted
Class 3-A Coach of the Year.
With $12,000 Cash Shortfall Each Month, and Rising Costs, CTS to Raise Cable Rates,
Cable rates will increase in February for customers of Community
Telecom Services. Members of the Telecommunications Board reviewed
current cable rates and approved an increase for both the basic
package and the expanded package during a meeting held on Wednesday
Customers who have both the basic and expanded package will see
monthly rates increase $8.55 per month. The board set the rate for
basic cable at $25 a month, up from the current rate of $20.72. The
expanded package will increase from $25.73 to $30. Total for both
packages will be $55 per month.
Board members noted that this increase will basically allow the
cable system to continue to break even each month and meet its
expenses without having to go to the City Council and Fiscal Court for money to continue operating
Board chairman Greg Latham noted that prior to approving
the rate increase the system was experiencing a cash shortfall each
month of approximately $12,000. In addition, Latham told Board Members that programming costs (ABC,CBS, NBC, ESPN, CNN,Fox News etc.) to the board will increase by $3 a month per subscriber effective January 1, 2014. Without a rate hike, the CTS system would actually be paying more for programming than it charges customers. That does not include the daily costs to run the cable system including employees, equipment, etc.
Also during the meeting, the board heard an update regarding digital
cable service, which should be available soon. The cable system has
added The Learning Channel and will add Animal Planet soon.
Body Found Sunday in Southern Pulaski County
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office have recovered skeletal remains in southern Pulaski County.
On Sunday at 9:50 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of human remains being found in a remote wooded area off Elihu Cabin Hollow Road. The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division initially responded to the scene and confirmed the discovery.Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division along with the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office also responded and examined the scene of the discovery. Investigators found and recovered several human bones and those bones will be sent to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for examination.
Although a positive identification has not been made, evidence found at the scene leads investigators to believe these are the remains of 34 year old John C Beach of Somerset. Beach was reported missing in April 2013 in this same area after he and his brother ran out of gas while driving along Elihu Cabin Hollow Road. After running out of gas, the two brothers began walking to find help and became separated. Beach had not been seen since that time.
At this point in the investigation, foul play is not suspected.
The investigation is ongoing by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Pulaski Coroner’s Office. Further details will be release as they become available.
Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Five Individuals
The Wayne County Grand Jury met in regular session Tuesday,
December 10th and indictments on five individuals were filed in
the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
43 year old Misty Coffey and 35 year old Andrew Nelson Simpson
were each indicted for Flagrant Non Support, a Class D Felony.
56 year old Milton Jenkins was indicted for Flagrant Non Support, a
Class D Felony and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st Degree.
31 year old Julie Lyons of Mason Green Apartments and 43 year old
Pandora Michelle Decker were each indicted for Fraudulent Use of a
Credit Card over $500, a Class D Felony. Lyons was indicted for 18
counts of Forgery, 2nd Degree. Decker was additionally charged with
1 count of Forgery, 2nd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st
Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is
an accusation only that person is presumed innocent until and unless
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes 2014-2015 deer season dates and modifications for deer hunting on select WMAs
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting Dec. 6 proposed the dates of the 2014-2015 deer seasons. Commission members also voted to modify deer hunting regulations on select wildlife management areas (WMAs) along with changes to the furbearer trapping season.
The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.
2014-2015 deer season dates (no changes from last season, dates reflect calendar shift)
Archery: Sept. 6, 2014 – Jan. 19, 2015, either sex
Crossbow: Oct. 1 – Oct. 19; Nov. 8 – Dec. 31, 2014, either sex
Early Youth Weekend: Oct. 11 – 12, 2014, either sex
Zones 1, 2 and 3: Oct. 18 – 19, 2014, either sex
Zone 4: antlered only
Zones 1 and 2: Nov. 8 – Nov. 23, 2014, either sex
Zone 3: Nov. 8 – Nov. 17, 2014, either sex
Zone 4: Nov. 8 – Nov. 17, 2014, antlered only
Late Muzzleloader: statewide: Dec. 13 – Dec. 21, 2014
Zone 4: Dec. 13 – Dec. 18, 2014, antlered only
Dec. 19 – Dec. 21, 2014, either sex
Late Youth Weekend: Dec. 27 – 28, 2014, either sex
Bag limits remain the same as last season.
In other deer-related business, the commission recommended changing Menifee County from Zone 3 to Zone 4. They also proposed several changes to deer hunting on select wildlife management areas (WMAs). These changes will not affect the current hunting seasons, but will be effective for the 2014-2015 deer seasons:
UPDATE: KSP Looking for Escapee From Clinton County Jail
UPDATE: Bobby W. Pillar surrendered himself to Tpr. Jason Warriner on Saturday, December 7 at 9:25 CST. He was arrested and charged with Escape 1st Degree and Assault 3rd Degree.
The Kentucky State Police are attempting to locate 33-year-old Bobby Pillar, of Albany, who escaped from the Clinton County Jail on Monday night around 9:00 PM CST. Pillar was being treated for a cut in the front of the jail when he assaulted a Deputy Jailer and fled on foot.
Pillar is a 6 foot 3 inch, 220 pound, white male with blue eyes and red hair and was last seen in the city limits of Albany. He is believed to have been living at a residence on KY Hwy 1590 in Clinton County and also had a recent address in Pulaski County. Pillar was serving time for Flagrant Non Support. If anyone has any information as to his whereabouts, contact local law enforcement by dialing 911 or by calling the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555. You may also text-a-tip to the Kentucky State Police at 67283.
WKYM Announces High School Basketball Game Of The Week and Free App for online listeners
WKYM would like to announce…we are your new home of High School Basketball featuring the Wayne County Cardinals and Lady Cardinals in our "Alton Blakley Family of Dealerships Game of the Week".. In addition to being your regular home for the University of Kentucky Wildcats…and the daily Kentucky Sports Radio Show, you can now catch the best of High School Basketball on WKYM.
We also announce today….we are one of the first radio stations in Kentucky to have our own mobile app. Yes…you can now listen online anywhere in the world through our website, your smartphone, or tablet.
Our new app is available free for Iphone from the itunes store or the android market through Google Play. You can check our website, for more information, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
Cardinals are #1 in final regular season AP Football Poll
The new Associated Press High School Football poll is out and for the first time in School History, the Wayne County Cardinals are #1 in Class 3A.
Wayne County moved into the top spot after completing its first undefeated regular season with a win Friday night over Rockcastle County. The Cardinals begin state playoff action Friday night against Larue County. Two other teams in Wayne County’s district, Corbin and Bell County remain in the top 10 in this week’s poll. Pulaski County enters the playoffs as the #2 team in Class 5A.
Cardinal Football Wraps Up First Undefeated Season, Gets ready For Playoffs
Wayne County finishes with first undefeated regular season in the 45 years of the football program by smashing Rockcastle County 48 to 15. The Cardinals open the Class 3 A this Friday night at home against 0-10 Larue County.
Two Charged with Murder of Clinton County Man
21-year-old Andrea M. Byler and 52-year-old Michael E. Thompson, both of Albany, KY, were arrested today at 9:45 AM CST and charged with Murder. On Saturday, October 26 at approximately 1:28 PM CST, Post 15 was notified by the Albany City Police Department that a body had been discovered under a trailer at a residence on Cody Lane. The body was later identified as 19-year-old Jimmy D. Sidwell Jr., of Adolphus, KY. An autopsy was performed today at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort where the preliminary cause of death was determined to be from multiple stab wounds to the upper torso.
Byler and Thompson were lodged in the Clinton County Jail. Detective Ricky Brooks is investigating.
Hunters In Kentucky Have Expanded Harvest Area For Black Bears
Hunters in Kentucky now have an expanded area and season in which
they may attempt to harvest a black bear. The season structure expands
the bear zone and the bear chase areas, establishes an archery/crossbow season and increases opportunities for hunting with dogs. The change that
affects most hunters is that persons may hunt bears now in Wayne County
and 15 other counties – Bell, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Martin, McCreary, Perry, Pike, Pulaski and Whitley counties.
Law Enforcement Warns Motorists Of Deer Vehicle Accidents
Law enforcement agencies would like to remind motorists that the number
of deer-vehicle accidents increases substantially through the end of the
year as the fall crop harvest and mating season combine to put deer on
Cooler evenings and shorter days kick in the fall mating season, putting
deer on the move at times they are least visible. An analysis of crash
reports indicates most auto collisions with deer are just before sunrise
or just after sunset.
Burnside Votes to Go "Wet"
By a count of 123-39, a light turnout of Burnside voters opted to permit expanded alcohol sales within city boundaries.
The results of the Tuesday option election permit beer and liquor sales in a retail store setting in Burnside-
The city of Somerset last year began allowing the legal sale of alcohol last year, which has dropped some $700,000 in alcohol taxes in the city’s coffers.
KSP Warning All Citizens Of A New Phone Scam
Officials with Kentucky State Police are warning all citizens, particularly
the elderly, about a new phone scam where the caller pretends to
be a representative from Publishers Clearing House.
The phone scam is reportedly targeting elderly citizens saying they won
a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, which asks them to put money
on a Green Dot MoneyPak - it's a re-loadable debit card.
Law enforcement officials say there are some very basic steps that
everyone can follow to avoid falling victim to one of these cons. Be
very protective of your personal information and money. If they don't
already have that information, then don't provide it to them over the
phone or the internet. Ask them to send you something in writing, if
it’s a legitimate business, that's the best way to handle those
Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call from a solicitor should
contact local law enforcement immediately.
Monticello Man Arrested After Thursday Shooting
Police say they've made an arrest for a shooting in Wayne County that sent one man to the hospital.
It happened just before 7 p.m. Thursday on Lincoln Street in Monticello.
Police say Chris Loveless, 35, shot Michael Dean.
Police later arrested Loveless and charged him with first degree assault.
Dean was airlifted to UK Hospital with non life threatening injuries.
Four Individuals Indicted By The Wayne County Grand Jury
The Wayne County Grand Jury met for their regular monthly session on
Tuesday, October 8th and indictments were filed on four individuals in
the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Travis Parmley was indicted for Assault 2nd and Persistent Felony
Amanda Gowin was indicted for Promoting Contraband, 1st and
Persistent Felony Offender, 1st.
Phillip Griffin was indicted for Promoting Contraband, 1st and
Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd
and Kendall Thompson was indicted for Promoting Contraband, 1st
and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st.
Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is
an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
Beaver Creek, Burnside Marinas now under new management
Two marinas on Lake Cumberland are now operating under new management.
Beaver Creek Marina in Wayne County, and Burnside Marina are now being managed by Anchor South Company of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Anchor South will also take over management of Eagle Cove Resort and Holly Creek Marina in Tennessee.
Wayne County remains at #3 in Class 3A Football Poll
The new Associated Press High School Football poll is out, and the Wayne County Cardinals remain at #3 in Class 3A, as they head into a Friday showdown against district foe Corbin. Corbin checks in at #4, and the team Wayne County defeated last week, Bell County dropped to #10 .
One other team in the Lake Cumberland area, Pulaski County is at #2 in the Class 5A poll.
Wayne County High School Ranked Among Top 20 High Schools
Wayne County Schools have received outstanding news regarding their
assessment results form the previous 2012-13 school year. Wayne County
High School made it into the top 20 ranked high schools across the state.
The high school made a huge impact in these latest results ranking at the
96% percentile among high schools across the state with an accountability
score of 69.5, the most impressive data ever. The high school ranked 20th
out of 231 high schools, moving them up to the "Distinguished" level.
The district overall made an impressive leap amongst Kentucky's 175
school districts. An overall score of 60.6 ranked the local district at the
84th percentile, labeling them "proficient".
All three Wayne County School levels improved overall and made up
the district score. The Wayne County Middle School improved their
accountability score of 52.3 in 2011-12 to 56.1 in 2012-13. Bell
Elementary jumped from the 31st percentile in 2011-12 to the 43rd
percentile in 2012-13.
Shots Fired Into Wayne County Home Sunday Night
There has been another report of shots fired in Wayne County - this time
into an occupied home. According to a news release from the Wayne
County Sheriff’s Dept - at approximately 9:10PM on Sunday, September
22nd, Deputy Sheriff Jason Phillips responded to a call of shots fired into
a residence owned by Susan Morris on Sally Burnett Road.
The home was occupied by Jessica Dobbs, Josh Keith, along with
three juveniles ages five, six and fourteen. Upon arrival Deputy Phillips
met with the victims. It was initially reported that two shots were fired
into the residence – since then authorities have discovered three different
bullet holes at the home.
One shot entered the wall directly above one of the juveniles head in
the living room, another shot entered a bedroom where another juvenile
was at the time of the incident. The shots appeared to have been shot
from a 9mm handgun and possibly fired from a moving vehicle while
passing by the residence.
Anyone having information about the incident is asked to contact the
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 348-5416. The investigation is continuing.
Wayne County man dies of apparent suicide
Captain Tim Catron with the Ky. Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources reports that a Wayne County man was recovered from Lake Cumberland after an apparent suicide / drowning. Officers with the Ky. Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources were called to the Grider Hill Marina in Clinton County around 8 PM on Monday evening September 16, 2013.
Two men reported to officers that they had noticed a man standing in front of a houseboat then shortly thereafter heard a large splash in the water.
After finding a suicide note inside of the houseboat officers called for an underwater camera and divers. At approximately 1:30 AM divers recovered 47 year old Andy Barnett of 7697 West Highway # 92 Monticello, Ky. in 115 feet of water.
The death investigation is continuing by Officer Matthew Parmley with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Clinton County Coroner Steve Tallent.
Wayne Fiscal Court Approves 2014 Budget Amendment
Wayne County Fiscal Court met in regular session Thursday night,
Septemeber 12th and approved the second reading of an ordinance
amending the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The budget was amended to
include unbudgeted receipts of $809,952. The largest portion of that
money was CDBG grant funding.
The court also approved the appointment of Wayne Conn to the 911
board. During the meeting, magistrates were informed that county
officials have been contact with the Governor's office and the State
Transportation Cabinet regarding safety concerns on Bypass 90 in the
area where a three vehicle crash last week claimed two lives.
City Council Approves Tax Rates For 2013 - 2014
Monticello City Council met in regular session Monday night, on
September 9th and approved tax rates for 2013-2014. Real estate
property tax rates will increase slightly, while the rate for tangible
property will decrease.
The council approved the second reading of the ordinance, which
levies a tax of 12.5 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value for
real property taxes, up from 12.3 cents in 2012.
The rate for tangible property was set at 13.8 cents per hundred
dollars of assessed value, down from 14.1 cents in 2012. The tax
rates for watercraft and vehicles remained the same at 22.5 cents per
hundred dollars of assessed value.
UPDATE: Deadly Accident On Lake Cumberland
The Wayne County Coroner’s Office confirms two fatalities from a single boat incident that occurred during the annual Poker Run on Lake Cumberland Saturday, September 7th.
The incident was reported to Wayne County 911 Dispatch at 11:24 am Saturday, with a report that a boat had flipped over near the Tom’s Creek area of Lake Cumberland. The two men were brought to the boat ramp at Camp Earl Wallace where they were pronounced dead at app. 12:35 by
Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks.
Jeffery Thomas Asbell, age 47, and Bradley David Smith, age 39, both of Joplin, Missouri, were in the boat, reported to be a 38 ft. tunnel hull catamaran, and were ejected from the vessel during the accident. Asbell suffered serious blunt force trauma to his head and Smith experienced
serious blunt force trauma to his abdomen and lower extremities.
Coroner Hicks has been in contact with the next of kin for both men, and
the men will be returned to Missouri to their families.
Poker Run Boat Flips In Wayne County - Killing Two
A boat participating in the Poker Run flipped this morning resulting in two
deaths. According to the Monticello Wayne County 911 Communications
Center - dispatch received a call at 11:24AM this Saturday, September
7th – the caller reportedly stating he had observed a Poker Run boat flip
and two people had been ejected.
The deadly accident occurred between Camp Earl Wallace and Ramsey
Point on Lake Cumberland and the two victims were reportedly transported
to Incident Command Operations at Camp Earl Wallace.
Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks has confirmed the deaths of 47 year
old Jeffrey Thomas Asbell and 39 year old Bradley David Smith - both of Joplin, Missouri.
The Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Wayne County EMS, Wayne County Rescue Squad, Monticello Fire Dept, Wayne County Sheriff’s Dept, Air Evac, Air Methods and the Wayne County Coroner responded.
Kentucky's 2013-14 deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 7th
Kentucky's 2013-14 deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 7, the first day of the 136-day archery season. The season continues through Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
For the past three seasons, record harvests have been posted for the month of September: 5,577 deer in 2012, 4,945 in 2011 and 4,407 in 2010.
Most deer, even mature bucks, are still in their summer pattern when bow season opens. They are more visible during daylight hours than later in the season and their daily movements are more predictable. Deer frequent crop fields and weedy pastures in the late afternoons, especially when the rising moon is high in the sky at dusk. In September, these quarter moon periods fall on the 12th and 26th of the month.
The current statewide population estimate for Kentucky's deer herd is about 750,000, before fawning, with a stable to slightly decreasing trend.
Lake Cumberland Poker Run Coming Up This Saturday
The Big Fast boats return to Lake Cumberland this Saturday, September
6th for the annual Lake Cumberland Poker Run. Nationally recognized
and one of the top 10 Poker Runs - the Lake Cumberland Poker Run
attracts boats from all over the country.
Spectators by boat or land can view the run between 11 and 1PM
Eastern Time on the East End of the Lake between State Dock and
Burnside Marina and from 2 til 4 Eastern Time on the West End at Wolf
Creek Marina and Grider Hill Marina. Boaters are asked to give the big
boats plenty of room to run during these hours. Stay on the sides and
keep your wake to a minimum as the boats come by. The Poker Run is
not a race but, boats will be traveling the lake at high speed. Do your
part to keep everyone safe. When you hear them coming - get out of
the way and stop and enjoy the show.
KSP Update: Accident Has Claimed Another Life
The three vehicle accident in Monticello on Tuesday, September 3rd has
claimed another life. 69 year old Gladys Parmley, a passenger in the
Dodge Caravan was taken to UK Hospital and has since passed away.
The investigation is continuing by State Police.
KSP release info on fatal crash on Monticello By Pass
On Tuesday September 03, 2013 at approximately 1:25 PM, the Kentucky State Police, post 11 London, received a report of a three vehicle traffic crash, with a fatality, on KY 90 in Monticello, KY.
Upon arrival Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Trooper Craig Reed determined that a 2002, Kia Spectra, operated by Eric Branscum, 25, of Stearns was traveling East bound on KY 90 when he struck a 2003, Toyota Camry, in the rear also traveling East bound operated by Jessica Whitaker, 28, of Somerset.
After impact the Toyota Camry traveled into the West bound lane of KY 90 and was struck in the passenger side by a 1992, Dodge, Caravan, traveling West bound operated by Veila Stephenson, 75, of Monticello
The operator of the Toyota, Camry was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and listed in critical condition.
The passenger of the Toyota, Camry Louanne Ellis, 57, of Somerset was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner.
The operator of the Dodge, Caravan was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and listed in critical condition
The passenger of the Dodge, Caravan Gladys Parmley, 69, of Monticello was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and listed in critical condition
Alcohol and Drugs are not suspected.
Eric Branscum was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. The operators and passengers of the Toyota, Camry and the Dodge, Caravan were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.
Trooper Reed is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Justin Oliver, the Monticello Police Department, Wayne County EMS, the Monticello Fire Department, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Wayne County Fire Rescue.
Persons Being Sought In Home Invasion And Credit Card Fraud
According to Chief of Police Ralph Miniard - on Wednesday, August 20th
... Officers arrested 35 year old Angela J. Bolen also known as Angela
Daffron in connection with a December 6th home invasion on Evelyn
Avenue in Monticello. Bolen was charged with 1st degree robbery, theft,
tampering with physical evidence and persistent felony offender, 2nd
degree in connection with the home invasion. She was also charged
with burglary 3rd, theft and persistent felony offender 1st degree in
connection with an unrelated case. 19 year old Chris Bolen and 20
year old Victoria Young, both of Monticello are also being sought in
connection with the home invasion.
On Wednesday, August 20th - 31 year old Julie Lyons was arrested by
officers of the Monticello Police Dept in connection with an ongoing
investigation of credit card fraud. Lyons was charged with 41 criminal
offenses related to the fraudulent use of a credit card. 43 year old
Pandora Decker of Monticello is also being sought in connection with
the same credit card fraud investigation. Anyone with information
as to the whereabouts of Chris Bolen, Victoria Young or Pandora
Decker may call the Police Dept at 348-9313 or 911.
Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Nine Individuals
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, August 20th for their
regular monthly meeting and indictments were filed on nine individuals
in the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury
is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
Wayne County Board Meets
The Wayne County Board of Education met in regular session last
night (Monday) and approved a 2.7 cents increase in property tax
rates this year. The rate for personal and real property will
increase from 38.9 cents to 41.6 cents per hundred dollars of
The process of determining the tax rate for the Wayne County School
District was a little more complicated this year due to the merger.
The rate approved by the board was the compensating rate, which will
basically generate the same amount of money as last year's tax rate.
Also during the meeting, the board heard an update regarding the
start of school, which officials said was a smooth one. Enrollment in
the district is 3, 447.
The board also met in executive session to discuss one matter of
Cystic Fibrosis Solicitation Scam Ongoing In Monticello
The Monticello Police Department has opened an investigation into
a report of a person or persons soliciting donations for cystic fibrosis.
Cash or checks are being solicited. The suspect is reported to cash
the checks and return to the donor - saying the check was lost and
ask that the donor reissue the check. The suspect also promises
that t-shirts will be given to each donor. This solicitation scheme is
a fraud. Anyone with information about this scheme is asked to call
the Police Department at 348-9313 or 911.
Nine people died on Kentucky Roadways last week
Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
Seven single-fatality crashes involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. These crashes occurred in Fayette, Franklin, Graves, Grayson, Leslie, Marion and Russell counties.
Two single-fatality crashes involved motorcycles. Crashes occurred in Fayette and Hardin counties. One victim was wearing a helmet.
Through Aug. 11, preliminary statistics* indicate that 388 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 76 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 300 motor vehicle fatalities, 153 victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty-six of the 52 motorcycle fatalities were not wearing helmets. There have been six ATV related crashes. One bicycle rider has been killed. Twenty-eight pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 80 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. As of Aug. 11, Kentucky has had 50 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013.
Fiscal Court Agrees On Proceeding With Bridge Project
Wayne County Fiscal Court met Thursday night, August 8th and
approved a resolution allowing the Stinson Road bridge replacement
project to proceed. The state has awarded funds for the bridge
replacement project in the Dry Hollow area of the county.
During the meeting, the court approved the appointments of Ralph
Davis, Scott Gregory and Russell Alley to four year terms on the
Airport Board. They also approved the appointments of Sharon
Hammock and Norma Reese to the Northern Wayne County Ambulance
District. The court also agreed to sell several surplus items to the
3203 Students At Opening Day Of Wayne County Schools
Wayne County Schools welcomed students to the campus Wednesday morning after a huge effort over the summer to prepare for an increased
Last year, on the first day of classes the attendance was recorded at
2,463 students in grades K-12. Today the first day enrollment increased
to 3,203 students in K-12. These figures did not reflect preschool
enrollment because those classes have not yet started. Walker
Early Learning Center is expecting 204 preschoolers on August 19th,
to join the 244 kindergartners who attended today. Phase-In for
preschoolers is August 14-15.
The 740 enrollment gain from last year on the first day to today
involves not only the merged Monticello Independent students, but
at least 23 students who would have moved here from other districts.
Wayne County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Allen Clark expects
an even greater increase in enrollment on Thursday.
Grand Jury Meets And Indicts Twelve Individuals
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, July 23rd and indictments
were filed on twelve individuals in the Circuit Clerks office. Viewers
are reminded that the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an
accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless
Monticello City Council approves Traffic Ordinances as Wayne County School prepares to bus students to and from two campuses
The Monticello City Council met in special session Monday night,
on July 22nd and approved two ordinances regarding traffic issues
as Wayne County School prepares to bus all students from the
Wayne County and Monticello campuses.
The council approved an ordinance that changes the intersection
of First Street and Cherry Street from a four way stop to a two
way stop. Traffic on Cherry Street will now stop at the intersection
and traffic on First Street will have the right of way. The council
also agreed to restrict traffic on Cave Street to bus traffic only
between the hours of 7AM and 4:30PM when school is in session,
with the exception of residents of Cave Street. An emergency
was declared by the council so that the ordinances could be
adopted prior to the start of the new school year on August 7th.
They are effective immediately.
Professional Learning Symposium For Wayne County Teachers
Wayne County School teachers are attending a Professional Learning
Symposium this week - July 22nd through July 24th. The two and a
half day customized conference was designed by Wayne County
Schools so the new merged teaching staff could relate their skills to
the updated Comprehensive District School Improvement plans.
The conference will help nearly 250 local educators grow professionally
and sharpen their skills to better influence student learning. The
symposium features 42 topics, with 105 sessions to choose from and
25 specialized presenters. Teachers will gain 15 hours of professional
development during the conference.
Wayne County School Board holds first meeting after merger of Schools
Last night (Monday) marked the first meeting of the new Wayne County
Board of Education, which now includes members of the former
Monticello Board of Education, following the merge. Eight board
members attended the meeting, where they were learned more about how
the moving efforts are progressing this summer.
Superintendent John Dalton said that everything has gone smoothly so
far and he expressed his appreciation to everyone who has worked hard
to move schools to their new location, which is part of the new grade
configuration at Wayne County. Dalton told board members that
everything is on schedule and school will start on August 7 as planned.
Local Resort mentioned in National Publication
Wayne County Tourism got a nice mention in a recent article in the national publication USA Today. A resort located in Wayne County, on Lake Cumberland, Golden Pond Resort was mentioned as one of the nation’s “Top Ten Charming Lakeside Cottages you can rent."
Golden Pond is located on Lake Cumberland in the Cumberland Ridge area of Wayne County.
Wayne County Board meets tonight, first since merger
The newly merged Wayne County Board of Education will meet tonight for its first session at 6PM at the Central Office.
The new board comprised of members of the Wayne County Board and the former Monticello Board of Education will have their first meeting since the official merger of Schools July 1. The Board will have a total of nine members, five from Wayne County, and four from Monticello, as one Monticello member, Bill Denney resigned.
The Board will continue with members of both schools until new districts can be aligned, and Board member elections will be held beginning next year. After Districts are aligned, and elections are held in 2014 and 2016, the Wayne County Board will return to five seats.
Motions Denied To Dismiss Murder Charge And Reduce Bond
On Tuesday, July 9th - Wayne Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard denied
a motion to dismiss the murder charge against Jimmy D Massengale
regarding last year's shooting death of Roger Dean - based on his
claim of self defense. The Court found Dean was not armed with
any weapon and that there was an objectively reasonable basis to
believe that Massengale was not in fear of Dean at the time of the
On Thursday, July 11th - Judge Miniard denied a reduction of bond
for Massengale. The Court found that Massengale is a threat to the
public at large. Massengale - according to the order - had two
altercations with Dean on the date of Dean's death. Massengale had
also had an altercation in Clinton County - in which he was in a fight
and was physically injured.
Wayne Fiscal Court Met Thursday, July 11th
The Wayne Fiscal Court met in regular session on Thursday, July 11th
and approved a cost of living pay increase of 21 cents per hour for
all county employees. The raise, which was included in the county's
budget for the next fiscal year, will take effect with the next pay
Also during the meeting, magistrates were informed by Wayne County
EMS Director Bubby Corder that the ambulance service was awarded
a $41,524 dollar hazard mitigation grant. The grant money will be
used to purchase a generator for the EMS building.
Monticello City Council Meets Monday, July 8th
The Monticello City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 8th
and agreed to refinance debt on two of its loans in an effort to save
interest over the next several years. The council first discussed the
possibility of using funds that the city currently has on certificate of
deposit to refinance debt during a meeting in April.
During the meeting, the council looked at a proposal to pay off the
debt currently owed on the city hall annex and the aerial fire truck,
which totals about $379,000 dollars. The city will use a portion of the
$500,000 dollar CD it currently holds to pay those two debts off. By
taking this action, the city will realize significant savings in interest -
a total of $50,802 dollars over the next five years. The payments on
both these debts are included in the city budget and will be paid back
into the city's surplus funds.
Also on Monday night, the council discussed a couple of requests
they have received from Wayne County Schools regarding the
upcoming school year. Wayne County Schools will be using the
Monticello School for classes and they are requesting some traffic
flow changes to help with buses that will be traveling between the
two campuses. The first request is that the city change the four
way stop at the intersection of First Street and Cherry Street to a
two way stop. The school has also requested that Cave Street
be open to only bus traffic from 7AM til 4:30PM when school is in
session. The exception would be for the residents who live on
Cave Street. The council will hold a special session later this
month and consider the emergency adoption of ordinances
addressing these traffic issues.
The council approved the transfer of deeds of a couple of pieces
of school property, still held in the City of Monticello's name, to
the Wayne County School District Finance Corporation.
Previously, school districts could not issue bonds and relied on city
or county governments to issue bonds for them. That law has
changed, allowing school district finance corporations to issue
bonds, but there is still Monticello School property in the city's
name. The city received a request to convey those property's
to Wayne County, as the two school districts merged.
SKED Encourages Business Growth Throughout Area
USDA funding will help SKED continue business growth in Southern
Kentucky. Entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Lake
Cumberland Area including Wayne, Pulaski, Russell, Adair, Casey,
Clinton and Cumberland counties will benefit from a new program
targeting their success by the Southeast Economic Development
SKED will use the $70,733 dollar grant to provide assistance to
small business owners and entrepreneurs in 18 counties by
helping them start, stabilize and grow successful businesses.
Log on to southeastkentucky.com for more info on SKED services.
State Police Asking For Help In Identifying Burglary Suspects
The State Police Post at Columbia is requesting assistance in identifying
three Russell County burglary suspects. Post 15 is investigating a
burglary that occurred between April 1st and June 30th in the area of
Warriner Ridge Road and Lawless Cemetery Road in Russell County.
A Tractor Supply brand 3 point auger, 2 Performance tractor batteries,
a draw bar for a Massey 255 and a chain link dog kennel were taken.
Investigators are requesting help in identifying three white males ages
twenty to twenty five. Anyone with information may call 270-384-4796
Man Electrocuted on Lake Cumberland
A 34 year old man is dead after being electrocuted while swimming in Lake Cumberland Sunday.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Captain Tim Catron says a Lily, KY man, Kevin Short, was electrocuted while swimming near a private dock by the South Fork of Lake Cumberland near Garland Bend.
Officials say they believe a electrical cord was wrapped around a ladder, and Short may have come into contact with it.
House Speaker denied request for stay in redistricting
House Speaker Greg Stumbo's request for a stay in two lawsuits asking judges to redraw legislative boundaries in Kentucky has been denied. Gov. Beshear has called a special legislative session starting Aug. 19 to deal with the issue. A three-judge panel has set a trial in the case for Sept. 23.
RECC Outage report as of 8AM ET Thursday
South Kentucky RECC continues working on outages caused by the storm that swept through SKRECC’s service territory around midnight. Currently, approximately 500 members are without power across the system.
Current outages are widespread mostly in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, and we do have one broken pole in Paradise Acres in Pulaski County.
Overnight, outages were also widespread with Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne Counties being the hardest hit. The high winds that accompanied this storm wreaked havoc on power poles and lines and caused trees to fall on the lines.
SKRECC V-P of Engineering Dennis Holt says restoration continues as quickly as possible.
“The outages we had were mostly because of the wind. Crews, both construction and right-of-way, have been working and will continue to work until everyone is restored. We appreciate the patience and kindness our members have shown to us during this outage situation.”
Holt adds that people need to use extreme caution around broken and downed power lines. He says just because a line is on the ground or broken, does not mean it is dead. If anyone sees a downed line, they should call their local co-op office or 911 with the information.
Local man dies in work related accident
Kevin Miller, age 29, was pronounced dead at app. 12:35 PM Tuesday afternoon by Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks. Mr. Miller apparently was in the elevated bucket of a bucket utility truck, and was estimated to be as much as 50-60 feet above the ground when the incident occurred. During the cutting of a large limb one of the arms of the lift reportedly broke causing Mr. Miller to fall out of the bucket and reportedly landed on a grassy area of ground. Wayne County EMS was called to the scene and was assisted by Monticello Police Department. Paramedics began advanced life support efforts on the scene and transported him to the local ER where he later died.
Mr. Miller has been taken to Frankfort to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy due to his death being work-related and to determine the exact nature of his injuries.
Gossage named Wayne County Middle School Principal
The Wayne County Middle School Site Base Council named Mellissa Gossage as the school’s Principal effective July 1. Gossage is currently the school’s Assistant Principal. Since she will be moving to the Principal’s position, the Assistant Principal position will be posted and available effective July 1st.
New laws go into effect Tuesday in Kentucky
New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2013 regular session go into effect on Tuesday.
That means laws against human trafficking will soon be strengthened. More DNA testing will be allowed as evidence in post-conviction felony cases. And school districts can start deciding whether they want to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18, though the 2015-16 school year would be the first year any changes could actually impact students.
The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature, except for general appropriation measures and those containing emergency or delayed effective date provisions.
This year’s regular session adjourned on March 26, making June 25 the day that most laws will take effect.
US House votes to cut Food Stamps
The House has voted to cut food stamps by $2 billion a year.
The chamber rejected 234-188 a Democratic amendment to a wide-ranging farm bill that would have maintained current spending on food stamps and cut farm subsidies instead. The bill cuts the $80 billion-a-year program by about 3 percent and makes it harder for some people to qualify.
The Senate passed a farm bill last week that would make much smaller cuts to the food stamp program, which has doubled in cost since 2008.
The House is debating 103 amendments to the five-year, half-trillion dollar bill as backers are trying to shore up votes for final passage. Democrats are opposing it because of the food stamp cuts, while some conservatives say the cuts aren't deep enough.
Two occupied vehicles shot into in Monticello.
Monticello Police report several vehicles have been shot into since Tuesday morning, including two occupied moving vehicles. One of the vehicle was shot into on the KY 90 Bypass around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, and the other this morning around 3:00.
Monticello Police Chief Ralph Miniard said this morning there have been about 35 incidents reported in the last month in the city alone. They have involved vehicle windows shot out, as well as buildings shot into, including Steubenville Baptist Church, Town and Country Plaza, and Monticello School.
Miniard said it appears a pellet gun has been used to shoot the windows.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Being Investigated By Sheriff's Dept
The Wayne County Coroner's Office was called to the Dobbs Hill area of Old North KY 90 early Saturday morning by Wayne 911 Dispatch. I t was reported that a motorcycle accident had occurred and there was 1 fatality.
Eric Tyler Upchurch, age 22, the sole occupant of the motorcycle, was traveling South on Old KY 90 early Saturday morning when he left the roadway and struck an electrical utility pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene at app. 4:45 am by Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks.
Other units on the scene included Wayne County EMS and Sheriff's Department, Monticello Police and Fire Depts.
Wayne County School Board meets, purchases adjacent property
The Wayne County Board of Education last night (Thursday) and
approved the purchase of the remaining piece of property adjacent to
the campus, at the appraised value of $432,000. The board approved
the BG-1 for the land purchase and the resolution that sets up the
process for the issuance of a short term bond issue to finance the
Superintendent John Dalton updated board members regarding the move
that is currently underway on the campus, as the school district
prepares for the new grade configuration and the additional students
from Monticello School. He said things are going well so far.
The focus for teachers this summer will be professional development,
according to Dalton, as the effort continues to merge staff from
Monticello School into the Wayne County District.
Go fishing this semester: College students in Kentucky eligible for resident licenses
College students, who are always looking for the best deals in food and entertainment, should consider what fishing has to offer.
For just $20, the cost of an annual resident fishing license, students can spend their free time this semester having fun on the water while catching some "fast" food in the process.
Tourism in Wayne County brings in over $33 million, up 4.5% in 2012
As the summer travel and tourism season is fast approaching, Wayne County received some great news earlier this week, as Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry released their economic impact numbers for the past year. Wayne County, a member of the KY’s Southern Shoreline Region, increased travel direct expenditures from $20,508,364.00 in 2011, to $21,431,240.00 in 2012, while total travel expenditures also increased to $33,689,909.00, after totaling $32,239,148.00 the previous year.
Lake level rises after heavy weekend rain
After receiving around two and half inches of rainfall this weekend , the level of Lake Cumberland is on the rise. As of noon today, the lake level is 708.30 feet above sea level and continuing to rise.
The level of the lake could continue to rise as there is at least a mention of rain each day through Sunday in the forecast.
The official measurement of rain from Saturday to Monday morning at 8AM was 2.44 inches at the national Weather Service reporting station at the Monticello Wayne County Airport.
Wayne County native receives Honorary Doctorate at UK Graduation
Robert Milton Huffaker, a native of Wayne County, was selected to receive honorary doctorate degrees at the University of Kentucky's Commencement yesterday. Huffaker has an over 50-year career as a distinguished physicist, company founder and CEO, and philanthropist.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in physics and pursuing graduate studies at UK, Huffaker worked at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center for 15 years. Among his many accomplishments there was initiating and directing the development of laser Doppler systems for aerodynamic applications. He moved on to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and later founded Coherent Technologies, Inc. (CTI), in 1984 to develop Doppler laser radar technology and systems for meteorological and military applications.
As a philanthropist, Huffaker has founded or co-founded three organizations that support and assist families and children. He also has donated well over $3 million to these and other nonprofit agencies. Huffaker received an Honorary Doctorate of Science.
Four Wheeler Accident Kills Wayne County Man
According to a news release from Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks
... a Coopersville community resident died following an ATV accident on Thursday afternoon.
Units from Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Wayne County EMS were called to the Canada Creek Road where a man was reported to have run off the road while riding an ATV. Upon their arrival it was determined that the man was deceased and the Coroner’s Office was asked to respond.
Alvin Brown, age 65, of East KY 92 was pronounce dead at app. 3:40 PM by Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks. Mr. Brown had apparently gone off the side of the gravel portion of the road, with the vehicle overturning and coming to rest on him. During an examination of Mr. Brown it was discovered that he had suffered a head injury and skull fracture during the accident that took his life.
It was determined that an autopsy would not be necessary in this case.
Monticello and Wayne County School Boards meet tonight, will discuss Merger Proposal
The Monticello and Wayne County School Boards will be meeting tonight in regular monthly session. The Monticello Board meets at 5PM, and among the items on the agenda, Board members will hear the merger proposal for Monticello and Wayne County Schools.
At 6 this evening, the Wayne County Board of Education will meet, and discuss the merger proposal as well. The Wayne County Board meeting will be held in the Wayne County High School Auditorium.
Monticello School Manager James Hamm and Wayne County School Supt. John Dalton appeared at the Monticello Kiwanis Club meeting Friday and spoke at length about the merger proposal. Both Hamm and Dalton said they have spoken frequently as the two Schools move closer to merger for the start of the next school year. The merger proposal was delivered to
Wayne County School Friday. Details of the merger proposal are expected to be announced at both meetings tonight.( WFLW and) WKYM will cover both meetings. You can follow the live action by following WKYM on Twitter or Facebook, using keyword WKYM.
Monticello School expected to present Merger Proposal to Wayne County School today
According to information given at the Kentucky State School Board meeting earlier this week, Monticello School is expected to give a merger proposal to Wayne County School today.
The Wayne County School Board will meet Monday in regular session. The specifics of the merger proposal were not given at the State Board meeting .
At an earlier meeting of the Monticello School Board it was noted that any merger proposal presented to Wayne County would be prepared by Monticello School’s State Manager James Hamm with approval of the State Education Commissioner Terry Holiday. The proposal is first formal merger presentation presented to Wayne County since the merger talks began in December.
The State School Board discussed the Monticello-Wayne County merger at length Wednesday, at which time it was explained by the State’s legal Counsel, after a merger agreement was signed, a ten member Board of Education comprised of the five current board members from each school would run the newly merged School. The new Board would be in office until new School Board Districts would be aligned and elections for the new seats to be held in 2014 and 2016.
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