Free Fishing Weekend In Kentucky June 4th & 5th
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 26, 2016) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will celebrate Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5, when no license is required to fish Kentucky waters.
Free Fishing Weekend, an annual event since at least 1992, offers residents and non-residents the opportunity to fish Kentucky waters without a license or permit. Size and creel limits on the number of fish that anglers may keep still apply. Additionally, anglers may keep trout without possessing a trout permit during free fishing weekend.
With special events across the state planned for Saturday, June 4, most families can find fishing opportunities just a short drive away. A number of events are geared toward kids under the age of 16. Several include a free hot dog lunch, bait and loaner fishing equipment for anglers.
Families wanting the fun to last the entire weekend should consider a state park stay. Kentucky has a number of parks situated at prime fishing lakes. Find out more online at www.parks.ky.gov
Shooting incident lands Wayne County man in jail
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron on Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm Deputy Sharkley Stonewall, himself and Monticello Police Department Officer Gordon Stevens responded to Old Fall Creek Road after a report of a gun being fired into a vehicle. Upon arrival units learned that Mitchell Lucas of Monticello, Ky. had fired a handgun into a vehicle with a female inside holding an 8 month old baby which occurred at a residence on Clayton Lyons Road. Wayne County Emergency Medical Service was called to the scene. No injuries were found on the victims. Deputy Stonewall and Sheriff Catron searched several residences in the area but were unable to locate Lucas.
At 2: 50 pm multiply units with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Monticello Police Department conducted a search of a residence on West Highway 92 where Lucas Mitchell was located hiding in the basement. Lucas was found with a large amount of illegal narcotics and cash.
Lucas was arrested and charged with two counts of Assault, 1st degree, kidnapping, trafficking in a control substance, 1st degree and for a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Lucas was charged with two counts of Terroristic threatening from an incident that occurred on Tuesday May 24, 2016.
On that date Lucas had threatened to kill one of the victims in this incident as well as Wayne County Sheriff Deputies that were trying to locate him. Lucas was also arrested on an outstanding Wayne County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant of Arrest for Promoting contraband, 1st degree and on a Wayne County District Court Warrant of Arrest for Failure to appear for an Arraignment on the underlying charges of numerous traffic violations.
During the search of the residence on West Highway 92 Renee F. Prybyla of Monticello, Ky. was arrested for Hindering prosecution or apprehension of a wanted person, 2nd degree.
Lucas and Prybyla were lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Six individuals charged with drug and organized crime charges
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron a joint operation between the Wayne County Sheriff Office and the Wayne County Detention Center resulted in the arrest of several individuals on drug and organized crime charges.
After obtaining information about a plot to smuggle drugs into the Wayne County Detention Center, Deputy Cody Neal and Jailer Harvey Shearer conducted an undercover operation. During this operation Deputy Neal and Jailer Shearer observed illegal narcotics being dropped off to a Detention Center work release inmate at the Wayne County Senior Citizen’s Building on Columbia Avenue. The inmate was then going to attempt to smuggle the narcotics back into the Detention Center when he returned there for the evening. The plot was stopped before any narcotics reached the Detention Center.
Man assaulted while vehicle stopped at stop light in Somerset
According to Sheriff Greg Speck, deputies were dispatched to the scene of an assault of a Bethelridge, Kentucky man near Burger King South at approximately 9 pm on May 22, 2016.
Upon arrival at the scene near the intersection of South Highway 27 and Slate Branch Road, Deputy Seath Whiles found Jason R. Wesley, age 33 of 6747 North Highway 837, Bethelridge, Kentucky unconscious in the roadway. Deputy Whiles learned from witnesses that Wesley had been dragged from his automobile and assaulted while stopped at light #24 by Joshua K. Pyles, age 32 of 5399 Scenic Vista Drive, Somerset, Kentucky.
Somerset man shot, shooter on the run (Updated)
UPDATE: The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says a man wanted in connection to a shooting Sunday evening Dewayne Peters turned himself in around 5:30 Monday evening.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is looking for Dewayne Peters. he is wanted in connection to a shooting on Sunday night.
A Somerset man suffering from a gunshot wound was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center late in the evening on May 22, 2016 according to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck.
Wayne County man dies nof apparent self inflicted injury
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron Deputy Brad Tucker was dispatched to a residence on Aggie Hollow Road for a possible suicide at 4:19 pm on Sunday May 22, 2016.
Upon arrival Deputy Tucker found a 40 year male dead from a self inflicted injury. No evidence of foul play was found. Coroner Forrest Hicks pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The investigation is continuing by Wayne County Sheriff Office and the Wayne County Corners Office. Deputy Tucker was assisted at the scene by Deputies Travis Bell and Brent Tucker.
Third person charged in connection with recent burglaries
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron a third arrest has been made in connection to several residential burglaries.
Deputy Brent Rose arrested Frankie J. Higginbotham of Monticello, Ky. after being observed as a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Ky. Highway 92 on Saturday May 21, 2016.
Higginbotham was the third and final suspect in a rash of burglaries that occurred on Friday May 20, 2016. Higginbotham was charged with two counts of Burglary, 2nd degree, one count of burglary, 3rd degree and possession of burglary tools. Higginbotham was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Two arrested on multiple burglary charges
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron a joint operation between the Wayne County Sheriff Office and the Monticello Police Department resulted in the arrest of two Wayne County residents on multiple charges after several residences had been burglarized or attempted to be burglarized.
Deputy Brent Rose arrested Shane R. Savage of Monticello, Ky. and charged him with two counts of Burglary, 2nd degree, one count of Burglary, 3rd degree, Theft by unlawful taking, (auto), and Possession of burglary tools. Savage was also arrested on a Jefferson County District Court Complaint Warrant of Arrest for Escape, 2nd degree. The Escape charged was obtained by Kentucky State Police after Savage had left the Dismas Charities Portland Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Jefferson County which Savage had been Court ordered to attend after been convicted of Manufacturing methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence.
Deputy Rose arrested Timothy Brown of Monticello, Ky. and charges him with two counts of Burglary, 2nd degree, one count of Burglary, 3rd degree and possession of burglary tools. Brown was also arrested on a Wayne County District Court Warrant of Arrest for Non-payment of fines.
A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle Savage and Brown was in possession of with a small amount of suspect methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia being seized.
Deputy Rose was assisted by Monticello Police Department Officers Gordon Stephens, John Hurd and Detective Derek Lester.
Savage and Brown were lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center
Majority Of Wayne County Votes For Winners Of Primary
In Wayne County - 1841 registered voters cast their ballots in the 2016 May Primary Election.
Hillary Clinton received 502 votes … Bernie Sanders 356 … 25 uncommitted … O’Malley received 13 and De La Fuente finished with 7.
Jim Gray received 689 for US Senator followed by Wilder with 45 … Leach
33 … Short 26, Recktenwald 24 … Kender 15 and Houlihan with 10.
Rand Paul finished with with 757 votes … fSlaughter received 82 and Gould
had 66 votes.
Congressman Hal Rogers received 721 votes in Wayne County and Burk finished with 195. This election will begin Rogers 19th term.
Somerset's Rick Girdler won the Republican nomination for the 15th District State Senate race. Girdler is currently unopposed going into the November election.
Wayne Co. School Board Approves Non Traditional School Days
The Wayne County Board of Education met Monday, May 16th and approved the application for non-traditional school days for the 2016-2017 school year. Non-traditional school days are days when students and staff are continuing the educational process, despite the fact that school is not in session because of inclement weather. A number of neighboring districts declared non-traditional school days this past winter when snow kept students at home. This marks the first year that Wayne County has applied to use non-traditional school days.
The school district will use its Converge program to reach students who have internet access at home. Others who do not have internet will have traditional “paper and pencil” projects for non-traditional school days. Staff in the district will be at school for these days, but on a slightly different schedule than a traditional school day. Documentation of participation is an important aspect of non-traditional school days, and a 90 percent participation rate is required in order for the district to receive credit for the day.
The district will apply for 10 non-traditional school days, which is the maximum that is approved. The application will now go to the Kentucky Department of Education for final approval.
In other action during the meeting, the board approved the tentative budget for 2016-2017, which totals approximately $30 million. They also agreed to move forward with the concept of outsourcing custodial services in the district, following a presentation by GCA Associates who provides this type of service for several hundred school districts. The board may have the opportunity to look at a specific contract for the service at the June meeting.
After confrontation with officers, man is jailed on variety of charges
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron on Friday May 13, 2016 at approximately 8 AM Deputy Cody Neal and Monticello Police Department Detective Derek Lester responded to a domestic in progress call with possible gunshots fired at a residence on East Highway 92.
Upon arrival units were told that Jeffrey W. Walden had left the scene on a motorcycle and was going to a residence on the Norman Spradlin Road. When Deputy Neal and Detective Lester entered the residence on Norman Spradlin Road, Walden was told he was under arrest. Walden responded by saying, I’m not going without a fight. Walden then grab a dangerous instrument and attempted to attack both Deputy Neal and Detective Lester.
After a physical confrontation Walden was subdued and while being transported to the Wayne County Detention Center he became unresponsive. The Wayne County Emergency Services was dispatched for assistance. Wayne County Emergency Services transported Walden to the Wayne County Hospital where he was treated for unrelated issues to the physical confrontation with the Officers. After being treated Walden was then transported to the Wayne County Detention Center and was charged with Assault, 3rd degree against Police Officers, two counts, Wanton endangerment, 1st degree, against Police Officers, two counts, Terroristic threatening, 3rd degree, two counts, Menacing, Resisting arrest, Criminal mischief, 3rd degree, three counts and for Public intoxication.
Walden was also arrested on three Wayne County District Court Warrants of Arrest and one Monroe County District Court for Non-payment of fines, on the under lying charge of Carrying a Concealed weapon, Failure to appear for an Arraignment on the underlying charges of numerous traffic violations and for Failure to make child support payments.
South Kentucky RECC outage report
South Kentucky RECC worked through the night on outages caused by the storm that swept through SKRECC’s service territory around 9 p.m. At peak, approximately 1,200 members were without power with the majority being in Pulaski County. The Mt. Victory substation has been out all night, due to downed trees on the main three-phase line, affecting around 600. Currently, about 30 are without power.
SKRECC V-P of Engineering Dennis Holt says the other outages have been scattered and smaller.
“Problems stemmed from the hail and the lightning we experienced, as well as trees on the lines. We dispatched crews immediately and began work as soon as it was safe enough. We have worked all night, and we are hopeful that we will have the majority restored by mid-day. However, there is one area where the line is down across a pond. That may take a little longer. ”
Holt cautions that stormy weather is predicted throughout the remainder of the day, so more outages may be forthcoming. He also reminds everyone that a downed power line is not necessarily a dead one. Should you see a downed line, stay away, keep others away, and immediately notify South Kentucky RECC or 911.
Holt says he truly appreciates the patience and cooperation from the membership, as well as the diligence of the employees during the restoration.
WC Coroner releases preliminary autopsy results on Somerset man found dead in Wayne County cave Sunday
Preliminary results from an autopsy conducted Tuesday morning on the body of Anthony Wayne Erisman have been received by the Wayne County Coroner and shared with the Kentucky State Police. These early results do not indicate any evidence of foul play or injury from trauma.
After consultation with the State Medical Examiner’s Office, the investigation will gather more information regarding environmental conditions within the cave and recent weather conditions that may have contributed to the death. It will be several weeks before toxicology and other test results are available.
Wayne County Tennis Results from 12th Region Tournament
Wayne County boys lose to Casey County 2-3
Wayne County boys finish season with a record of 13-2
The loss was in the semi finals of the 12th Region Team Tennis Tournament
Wayne County Boys also had the following players advance to the quarterfinals of the singles region tournament:
The following team advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles region tournament
Davis McCracken/Sam Fairchild
Scores from the Singles Region tourney:
Corbin Kirksey had a bye in the first round
Corbin Kirksey defeats Jose Angel (Danville) 6-0, 6-0
Corbin Kirksey loses to Landon Puckett (West Jessamine) 5-7, 3-6
Zach Dishman defeats Collin Gay (Garrard Co.) 6-0, 6-0
Zach Dishman defeats Jackson Mesplay (Boyle Co.) 6-0, 6-1
Zach Dishman loses to David Gadd (Berea) 0-6, 0-6
Scores from the Doubles Region Tourney:
Davis McCracken/Sam Fairchild defeat Dalton/Schmidgall (Southwestern) 6-0, 6-3
Davis McCracken/Sam Fairchild defeat Coffman/Harne (Casey) 6-1, 6-0
Davis McCracken/Sam Fairchild lose to Durall/Graves (Danville) 1-6, 3-6
Alex McFarland/Cameron East lose to Carver/Griffin (Garrard Co.) 1-6, 7-6,
Local man arrested in connection with 2015 burglary
A Monticello man, Jonathan "Pee Wee" Rigney has been charged with Burglary, first degree in connection with a burglary at a Monticello business January 7, 2015
Monticello Police used DNA evidence to confirm Rigney as the suspect. Other charges are expected as the investigation continues.
Somerset Man Found Dead in Wayne County Cave
At app. 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 8, 2016 the Wayne County Coroner’s Office was asked to respond to a cave off Rocky Hill Road off Highway. A man had been reported missing earlier that day and information had been received that he might have been in that cave.
Anthony Wayne Erisman, age 57 of Somerset, was pronounced at 9:05 pm by Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks. Mr. Erisman was located app. 200 feet inside the cave by experienced cavers and members of the Wayne County Rescue Squad.
At the time of this Press Release it is unclear what his cause of death may be. There were no apparent injuries to Mr. Erisman and there is no sign of foul play at this time. An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday morning in Frankfort at the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Other Agencies involved in the search and rescue of Mr. Erisman include the Kentucky State Police, Wayne County Sheriff;s Office, Wayne County Rescue Squad, and Pulaski County Rescue Squad. The Kentucky State Police is leading a law enforcement investigation.
Ohio Woman Missing From Lake - UPDATE
The Kentucky State Police with assistance from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, the Boone County dive team and other local agencies located and recovered the body of Wendy L. Augustine today, at approximately 5:00 PM CST from Lake Cumberland. She was identified by family members. Officers from the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife will be investigating her death.
The Kentucky State Police are asking for public assistance in attempting
to locate 52-year-old Wendy L. Augustine, of West Chester, Ohio.
Augustine was last seen on a houseboat at the Lake Cumberland State
Dock today at approximately 12:40 AM CST. She was last seen wearing
a black skirt, white tank top, gold chain with cross necklace and rings on
each hand. Augustine is a 5'5", 140 pound, white female with blonde hair
and blue eyes. If anyone has any information, please contact Kentucky
State Police at 1-800-222-5555. Tpr. Nick Hale is investigating.
Sheriff's Dept Asking For Help Regarding Fatal Accident
The Wayne County Sheriff's Dept is asking for the public's help regarding
an accident Tuesday, May 3rd that claimed the life of 70 year old Glen
According to Sheriff Tim Catron, Deputy Travis Bell responded to an injury
accident on Tuesday at 2:29PM and upon arrival found that Glen M. Taylor
of 17 Kennel Lane, Monticello had been operating his 2008 Bash moped
on KY Highway 3284. Taylor's moped had left the roadway ejecting him,
causing severe injuries. Taylor was treated at the scene by EMS and
airlifted to UK Medical Center - where he died of his injuries. The Fayette
County Coroner ordered an autopsy for Taylor.
During Deputy Bell's investigation, no eyewitnesses to the accident could
be located. Anyone that may have seen this accident is asked to notify
Deputy Bell at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office by calling 348-5416.
Baker, Fraley picked to lead Boys Basketball Programs at Pulaski Schools
A pair of assistant coaches at Southwestern High School have been picked to take over the Head Coaching positions for Boys Basketball at Pulaski County and Southwestern High Schools.
Chris Baker, an assistant the past five years at Southwestern will take over the top spot at Southwestern, succeeding Steve Wright, who recently resigned. Baker has head coaching experience at Whitley, Breathitt, and Green Counties.
John Fraley, who has also been an assistant at Southwestern the past five years, will take over the Head Coaching position in the boys program at Pulaski County following the recent resignation of Jimmy Voight. Fraley is the son of former Pulaski County Coach Dave Fraley.
KSP Conducting Periodic Traffic Check Points In Post Area
The Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London, which provides coverage for
Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties,
will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved
by the KSP Policy and Procedures Manual. The checkpoints will be conducted
in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Kentucky. Special attention will
be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.
KSP says pedestrian hit by truck at Southwestern HS has died
On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at approximately 3:05 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of traffic collision involving a pedestrian on the property of the Southwestern High School in Pulaski County.
Upon arrival, Trooper Joshua Brainard determined that a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Windell R. Phelps, 62, of Somerset, struck Doyle W. Patterson, 69, of Somerset, as he was standing on an access road. Mr. Patterson was preparing to direct traffic when school was dismissed.
Patterson, was flown from the scene to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
No drug or alcohol usage was suspected.
Monticello Police Have Recovered Two Four Wheelers
The Monticello Police Dept has recovered a couple of four wheelers and
they’re asking for the rightful owners to come forward and claim them.
All you have to do is contact Sergeant Joe Bybee by calling 348-9313 or
stop by the Monticello Police Dept and describe the four wheelers in
question to claim them.
Dry Coalition meets tonight, wet forces still collecting signatures
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens against the sale of Alcoholic beverages will meet tonight at 6:30 PM at the Aspire Center in Monticello. Meanwhile the wet forces continue to collect signatures to put a wet/dry vote on the ballot in the City of Monticello.
A spokesperson for the group said they are still collecting and verifying signatures to put the issue on the ballot. With a Primary Election coming up May 17, the earliest possible date for a wet/dry vote would be 30 days after that election.
Bond set for Joseph "Joey" Jones at $500,000
Monday Defendant Joseph (Joey) Jones appeared before District Judge James M Lawson. Jones is accused in the murder of his wife, Rachel Jones.
The court appointed the Office of Public Advocacy Attorney Forrest Brock to represent Jones
Jones entered a Plea of Not Guilty, with Preliminary Hearing set for Monday, May 2, 2016 at 1 PM.
According to his arrest citation read in court by the Judge, after killing his wife and putting her body in a well, Jones dropped off the couple's 9-year-old son at a family member's home before going on the run.
The citation also said that Jones went to Mississippi before coming back to Kentucky.
Bond was set at $500,000.00 cash only due to findings defendant represents flight risk and danger to others.
Meanwhile, the Wayne County Coroner’s Office has received preliminary information from the Rachel Jones autopsy conducted Saturday by the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort. Mrs. Jones was found Friday in a well on Tobar Road in the Brammer Ridge area of Wayne County.
At this time the preliminary results indicate injuries that are consistent with a criminal homicide. However, due to this still being an open investigation on the part of law enforcement and the Wayne County Coroner’s Office, more specific information is not being released.
Wayne County man arrested on murder charge
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Joseph A. Jones of Monticello, Ky. by Deputy Cody Neal.
After an exhausting search by multiply agencies on Friday April 22, 2016 in the Delta, Jonesville area of Wayne County Deputy Cody Neal and Sheriff Catron returned to the area Saturday morning April 23. After an unsuccessful search of numerous locations Deputy Neal located Joseph Jones at a residence off of Tobar Road and took him into custody.
Jones was arrested on a Wayne County District Court Warrant of Arrest for Murder – Domestic Violence and Tampering with Physical Evidence. The warrant was obtained after the discovery of Jones’s wife Rachel Jones in the bottom of a well in the Jonesville community. Deputy Neal lodged Jones in the Wayne County Detention Center.
KSP Update on Wayne County Murder
Kentucky State Police Detectives are investigating the discovery of a body located inside a well on Tobar Road in Wayne County on Friday, April 22, 2016 at approximately 11:00 AM. The body was located by Troopers after they had received a call of the deceased possible whereabouts.
Upon investigation, KSP Detectives discovered a female body, deceased inside the well. She has been identified as 28 year old Rachel Jones.
The victims’ body will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Foul play is suspected. No arrest has been made at this time.
Detectives have identified Joseph A. Jones, 29, of Monticello as a possible suspect and are actively searching for him. He was last seen driving a black 2002 Honda Accord license plate # 684RPY. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information in reference to this investigation is asked to Contact Kentucky State Police Post 11 at 606-878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555.
Wayne County Man Arrested For Trafficking Drugs
A Wayne County man was arrested on Monday, April 11th for trafficking
drugs and other charges. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Dept responded
to a domestic complaint at Green Hill Estates and arrested 60 year old
Stephen Vitatoe on an Assault 4th degree charge.
KY State Police charged Vitatoe with two counts of Trafficking in a
Controlled Substance, 1st - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 1
count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2nd. The trafficking
charges included methamphetamine. Vitatoe was lodged in the Wayne
County Detention Center.
Steve Wright resigns at Southwestern
Southwestern Boys Basketball Coach Steve Wright resigned his position with the school today.
Wright, compiled a 121 and 41 record with the Warriors winning the 12th region Tournament in 2012, but finishing as district runner up to Wayne County the last three seasons.
Southwestern also lost to Wayne County in the 2012, 12th Region finals. With Wright’s resignation, both Pulaski County and Southwestern are currently looking for new coaches for the upcoming season.
Wayne County Grand Jury Meets Tuesday, March 15th
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday and indictments were filed
in the Circuit Clerks office. Viewers are reminded an indictment of a
person by a grand jury is an accusation only. That person is presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty.
State Dock First In Kentucky Purchased By Suntex Marinas
On Thursday, March 10th - Suntex Marinas announced the purchase
of State Dock in Russell County. The company and Bill Jasper,
former president of State Dock did not disclose the price. The
purchase will reportedly include Wolf Creek Marina, but that part of
the deal has not closed.
State Dock has more than 60 rental houseboats, the most of any of
the nine marinas on Lake Cumberland. The lake ranks fourth in the
nation in the number of visitor hours among 383 that the Army Corps
of Engineers controls or maintains. The Corps is evaluating a proposal
for a 10th marina on the lake, at Rowena in Russell County.
Suntex reportedly plans investments in infrastructure, amenities and
boats at State Dock. The company said it operates 25 marinas, but
State Dock is its first in Kentucky.
Statewide Tornado Safety Drill Tuesday, February 23rd
Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National
Weather Service, Wayne County Emergency Management recognizes
Feb 22 – 28, 2016 is “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.”
Emergency Management Director Bubby Corder, said, “Weather is
always a threat in Kentucky: Already in 2016 Kentuckians have
experienced historic snow falls, followed less than a week later of
risks of severe storms and tornadoes. It is important to ensure your
safety and the safety of your family to plan ahead and know what to
do in the event severe weather or a tornado warning is issued
for our community.”
As part of severe weather awareness activities, a statewide tornado
drill is being conducted in conjunction with the proclamation.
At approximately 10:17 AM ET, Tuesday, Feb 23, the National
Weather Service (NWS), partnering with Kentucky Emergency
Management (KYEM), the Kentucky Weather Preparedness
Committee (KWPC) and Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA)
will issue a tornado warning test message.
Outdoor warning sirens will sound across Kentucky communities
including Wayne County; weather alert radios will activate; and
television and radio stations and mobile devices will broadcast the
alert – allowing the public the opportunity to practice tornado
safety measures. The broadcast test message will emphasize this
is only a test of the alert system. During the test alert, all
Kentuckians, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, educators and
government agencies are encouraged to practice their tornado
safety drill and update their emergency plan.
Sexual Abuse, Unlawful Imprisonment Investigation and Arrest in McCreary County
On Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at approximately 3:23 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call from the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office in reference to assisting with a sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment complaint that occurred in the parking lot of a closed business in the Whitley City Community of McCreary County.
Upon arrival, KSP Detective Billy Correll learned through an investigation that the female victim had pulled into the parking lot of a closed business and got out of her vehicle and walked to the door and discovered the business closed. As the female victim was walking back to her vehicle she was approached by Dewayne M. Chambers, 54, of Huntsville, TN. Chambers then allegedly grabbed the victim and attempted to pull her into his vehicle. Once the victim was partially pulled inside the vehicle she began to fight back and was able to get away and back to her car. The victim then drove out of the parking lot and suddenly spotted McCreary County Deputy Sheriff Odell Smith and quickly told him what had happened. Deputy Smith then stopped Chambers before he could leave the area.
The victim suffered minor injuries during the attack.
Chambers was arrested at the scene and lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. He was charged with Sexual Abuse 1st Degree and Unlawful Imprisonment 1st Degree.
KSP Detective Billy Correll is continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Troopers from Post 11 and the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office.
Victims of Adair County fire identified
The recovered remains of the 4 individuals are believed to be those of 60-year-old Mitchell Coomer; his wife, 52-year-old Lori Coomer; their granddaughter, 1-year-old Kinley Rodgers and 32-year-old Steven A. Keltner. The Coomers and Keltner are from Adair County.
Kinley Rodgers had been living in Casey County. Investigators identified the individuals from evidence recovered from the scene and from surviving witness, 34-year-old Jason Coomer, the son of Mitchell Coomer.
Jason Coomer was in the basement on the opposite side of the home from where the explosion occurred and was able to make it to safety sustaining minor injuries. Official confirmation on the remains from the State Medical Examiner is not expected until sometime next week after DNA test results are received. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
One dead, three missing in Adair County fire Update)
KSP investigators have now recovered the remains of 4 people from the scene of the fire at 401 M. Coomer Rd. Two of the bodies were recovered outside the residence and two were recovered from within the residence. No identifications have been made at this time and the remains will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's office. The cause of the explosion and subsequent fire is still under investigation.
Kentucky State Police, Post 15 received a call today (Tuesday) at approximately 1:30 PM CST in reference to an explosion at a residence on M. Coomer Road, 6 miles east of Columbia, off of KY 206.
The explosion led to a house fire. Firefighters are still on the scene to prevent the fire from reigniting. State Police will secure the area through the night and investigators will begin working the scene early Tuesday morning.
The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined. 1 fatality has been confirmed and 3 persons have not been accounted for at this time. Multiple local, state and federal agencies are assisiting in the investigation.
KYTC District 8 Road Conditions Update
District 8 road crews have worked around the clock since late Thursday night as they battled fierce winter weather that brought with it ice, snow and gusty winds.
All routes still remain covered at this hour but some counties are starting to see pavement in some locations. All counties are plowing and treating roadways with the expectation of McCreary County who has crews working to remove downed trees while other crew members continue to focus on plowing roadways.
I-75 in Rockcastle County which experienced blockage early on Friday as a result of several wrecks and jackknifed tractor trailers caused backups which left some stranded in their vehicles into Saturday morning. Kentucky State Police (KSP) and Kentucky Operations Center worked throughout the night and this morning diverting traffic off the interstate so KYTC crews could plow and treat the roadway. KSP just announced that all lanes were reopened on I-75. Other routes such as KY 80 between London and Somerset quickly saw back ups once the diversions from the interstate began. Emergency personnel have been able to clear traffic from KY 80 and crews are working to treat that route at this time.
Crews will continue to plow roads and treat where possible. Sunshine will be very favorable to improving road conditions. Crews will work into the evening, but with temperatures forecast generally close to zero around the region, chemical treatments will be ineffective.
We want to commend our snow and ice teams for their tireless efforts. Our partnering agencies from law enforcement, emergency management and towing operators have also been working round the clock and are very appreciated.
We continue to ask motorists to seriously consider travel options. Continue to be patient as crews work to clear roads. The magnitude of this event is going to take our crews some time to clear all state maintained routes. While areas may start to show improvements low temperatures may result in refreezing and drifting snow can recover roads in minutes after being plowed.
KYTC District 8 serves Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne Counties.
Road Condition Update from District 8 Transportation
District 8 crews continue fighting hazardous road conditions this morning after a fierce winter storm dropped double digit snowfall along with ice throughout the entire district on Friday. The Snow & Ice response team has been working around the clock in shifts and will continue to do so until the roads are clear.
Because of the intense snowfall throughout the day Friday, crews had to stick with plowing only priority A routes. Those routes still have very hazardous driving conditions on them and it is still being advised for folks who do not absolutely have to be on the roadways to avoid doing so.
Now that snowfall has tapered off this will allow plows to be able to work better. Our men and women are working as hard as they can as fast as they can to get the roads clear please be patient. Priority A routes are still the focus, so those who live on priority B and C routes could have to wait a while before seeing snowplows in their area.
Due to the conditions on I 75 in Rockcastle County, KYTC has focused our efforts on clearing the interstate and routes leading from the interstate as emergency personnel continue to divert motorist off of I 75. Interstate 75 became blocked early on Friday after several minor crashes and jackknifed trucks occurred.
South KY RECC Update (8:30 AM Friday)
South Kentucky RECC crews are working on outages caused by the ice/snow storm that began in SKRECC’s service territory early this morning. Currently, approximately 4000 members are without power across the system.
Current outages are in Clinton, Wayne, McCreary, Russell, and Pulaski Counties.
The ice that fell early 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 are extremely widespread, and we have had crews working from the time they could get out, and they will continue to work until everyone is restored. We have called in contract crews to help with restoration. We appreciate the patience and kindness our members have shown to us during this outage situation.”
Holt adds that if anyone sees a downed line, they should call their local co-op office or 911 with the information.
Belden to close Monticello Plant in 2017
The Belden plant in Monticello will be consolidating its operations into the home plant in Richmond Indiana and another plant in Mexico and closing in 18 to 24 months. Currently 230 people are employed at the Monticello plant. The Monticello Belden plant will close in 2017. Belden has been one of Monticello top employers since it opened in 1973 at its location on By Pass 90 and Columbia Avenue.
Belden statement concerning closing of Monticello Plant in 2017
Belden is consolidating its industrial cable manufacturing facilities and, as a result, will close by the end of 2017 its plant in Monticello, Kentucky.
Today, employees at the Monticello facility were notified of our plans to consolidate facilities and move the various product line operations to Belden’s Richmond, Indiana, and Nogales, Mexico, locations. Belden does not make these decisions lightly and the outcome is unfortunate.
The company must make this change to address an anticipated decline in U.S. industrial markets driven by the strength of the U.S. dollar and declining oil prices. These factors are causing a decline in investments in U.S. manufacturing and the oil and gas segment, both of which are key customer segments for Belden.
We will be providing severance pay, medical benefits and outplacement services to assist our associates in making the transition to new employment.
Statement from Representative Ken Upchurch on Belden Monticello Plant Closing
Statement from Representative Ken Upchurch on Belden Wire and Cable Monticello Plant Closing
Frankfort, KY (January 15, 2016) – “Today’s announcement by Belden Wire and Cable comes as a shock, and is devastating to our community. Beyond the nearly 300 families immediately effected by this closing, our entire region will be impacted.”
“I have been in communication with Judge-Executive Michael Anderson, who has been in direct contact with our local Area Development District. We intend to work closely with their rapid response team, as well as local workforce development agencies. I will personally speak with Governor Bevin to utilize any and all state resources available to help the effected employees and our community.”
“This news directly impacts both my family and friends, as well as the community I represent. The development of our workforce and the creation and retention of jobs in Wayne County and all of the 52nd House District is a top priority of mine.”
Mayor Jeffrey Edwards’ response to Belden plant closure notice
At 7:02 this morning, Mayor Jeffrey Edwards received official word by email notifying the City of Monticello that Belden plans to shut down their Monticello plant by the end of 2017. This news comes as a shock to all of us. Given Belden’s long history in our community since 1973, their prolific local employees, and reports of recent hires, the word was things were going well.
Further, we are saddened by this announcement that continues the troublesome trend of American companies decimating productive American workforces by shipping jobs to Mexico.
Immediately, Mayor Jeffrey Edwards reached out to the Acting Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development for assistance during this time of transition. “This event demonstrates the need for Monticello to be proactive in community and economic development, and I assure you that we are committed to these efforts” stated Edwards.
Ten Felony Cases Brought Before Judge Latham Monday
Ten individuals charged with felonies appeared before Judge Latham on Monday, January 4th in Wayne District Court.
Each of ten individuals pleaded not guilty and were appointed Public Defenders. Their next court appearance in Wayne District Court will be
Monday, January 11th at 1PM for Preliminary Hearings.
Ammunition Taken From 4H Center - Nancy Man Arrested
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of a Nancy man on Theft by Unlawful Taking charges after a lengthy investigation by Deputy Cody Neal. The theft occurred at the Lake Cumberland 4H Educational Center in
the Jabez area of Wayne County.
Deputy Neal charged and arrested Glen Ran Dixon, better known as Randall Dixon after obtaining a Wayne County District Court Warrant for Theft by Unlawful Taking under $10,000 dollars. The investigation revealed that
32,000 rounds of ammunition with an estimated value of $3400 dollars was taken from the Camp. The ammunition was used by children for educational gun safety training during summer months. Deputy Neal obtained another arrest warrant for a second individual involved in the theft who is still being sought. Dixon was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Fatal Accident On East KY 90 Claims LIfe Of 20 Year Old
On Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at approx 7:32 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a fatal three-vehicle collision on KY 90 at the intersection of Frazer Chapel Road in Wayne County.
Upon arrival, Collision Reconstructionist KSP Detective Eric Moore determined that a 2000 Ford Mustang, operated by Taylor N. Brinson, 20, of Monticello, was traveling southbound on Frazer Chapel Road when she pulled into the path of a 2002 Peterbilt commercial vehicle, operated by Bruce W. Helton, 52, of Gray, KY which was traveling westbound on KY 90. After the initial impact, Brinson’s vehicle then traveled into the eastbound lane of KY 90 and struck a 2015 Volvo commercial vehicle, operated by Jerry M. Worley, 62, of Monticello,
Brinson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner’s Office. Helton and Worley were not injured during the collision. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected.
Monticello City Council tables Tax Increase Ordinance Until January 11
Monticello City Council has tabled the second reading of an ordinance that would increase the insurance premium tax for city residents from 5 percent to 10 percent and would also levy a new ten percent tax on health and life insurance. The council was scheduled to hear the second reading of the ordinance during a special meeting held last night (Tuesday) but decided to delay it until their next regular meeting which will be January 11.
Last night's meeting was attended by approximately 40 local residents, and eight people addressed the council regarding the increase and the new tax. Many had questions regarding who would be effected by the tax on health and life insurance, since the ordinance does include some exemptions. Others voiced opposition to a tax increase that would adversely affect residents who are living on a fixed income.
At the end of public comments, each council member also shared their thoughts on the proposed ordinance. Councilman Allan Hopper made a motion to table the ordinance until the January meeting, which would allow more discussion on the issue. It was seconded by Councilman Phillip Duncan and was unanimously approved.
Monticello City Council to hear Second Reading Of Insurance Premium Tax Ordinance
A special called meeting of the Monticello City Council will be held Tuesday evening (December 29th) at 6PM at City Hall.
The purpose of the special session … a second reading of the Insurance Premium Tax Ordinance.
Currently the City collects a 5% insurance premium tax on residents
and businesses in the city limits. If enacted by the City Council, the
new 10% insurance premium tax would be placed on city residents
and businesses on Home and Casualty Insurance, Automobile, Boats,
Health and Life insurance.
The Insurance Ordinance also is on group health insurance policies of residents and businesses in the city. There will be no health insurance tax on state employees, Kentucky access, workers compensation, Annuities, and High deductible plans
In short, if a city homeowner currently pays $ 1000 a year to insure
their home, and have two vehicles paying $1000 each, a year, in
insurance, it would produce a $150 a year increase on your insurance
City Council members will also be asked to authorize Mayor Jeffrey Edwards to move forward with documentation necessary to proceed
with the initiation and completion of Phase 1 of the Senior Citizens
Center and City Hall – and the initiation and completion of the
Kentucky State Police Conducting Holiday Traffic Check Points
Kentucky State Police Post 11, London which provides coverage for
Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley
counties, will conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints throughout
the holiday season at pre-approved locations. These checkpoints will
be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws. Special attention
will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety,
insurance and registration violations.
Extension Of Pretrial Deadlines Granted In Futrell Case
As preparations continue for Jared Futrell’s new trial in connection
with the death of 17 month of Staten Stephenson – a defense motion
on behalf of Futrell for additional time has been granted.
According to documents filed in the Wayne Circuit Clerks Office
Thursday, December 17th – the motion for an extension of pretrial
deadlines was granted by Pulaski Circuit Judge David Tapp.
On November 20th – Futrell’s appellate attorney filed written notice
of her intent to disregard a prior Court Order prohibiting disclosure of
certain investigative materials obtained during the appeals process
which related to the Commonwealth Attorney’s alleged contact with a
juror during the pendency of the first trial. The extension of the
deadline was in anticipation of that unauthorized disclosure.
Documents filed Thursday indicate that Futrell’s defense counsel will not
have access to information and facts needed til after December 20th to
supply the basis for a motion to recuse the Commonwealth Attorney
from presenting the case for Futrell’s new trial
A hearing has been scheduled for January 7th at 9AM – at which time
the Commonwealth and counsel for Futrell – including both the trial
and appellate attorneys are to be present. Futrell will then be required
to demonstrate an existing conflict of interest sufficient to justify an
Wayne County Sheriff's Department Report
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the following arrest on Tuesday December 15, 2015.
Deputy Denise Smith arrested Clyde Collett of Somerset, Ky. on a Wayne County District Court Warrant of Arrest for failure to appear for a contempt hearing.
Deputy Smith arrested Anthony Popplewell of Jamestown, Ky. on a Russell County District Court Warrant of Arrest for failure to appear on the under lying charges of numerous traffic violations.
Deputy Joe Horne arrested Michael Stephenson of Monticello, Ky. on two Wayne County Family Court Orders of Arrest for failure to make child support payments as previously ordered by the Court which was in the arrears in the amounts of $3,847.00 as of August 31, 2015 and $1,119.00 as of September 30, 2015.
Deputy Horne arrested Stacie M. Gregory of Monticello, Ky. on a Wayne County Family Court Order of Arrest for failure to make child support payments previously ordered by the Court which was in the arrears in the amount of $18,138.51 as of October 31, 2015.
Monticello City Council hears Ordinance to Double Insurance Premium Tax
Monticello City Council met last night (Monday) and heard the first reading of an ordinance that would increase the insurance premium tax from five percent to ten percent. They also reviewed a strategic plan that would provide for some key developments in the downtown area because of the extra revenue that will be generated by the ordinance.
The plan would change the way downtown Monticello looks, basically from the area south of the Doughboy beyond the bock where City Hall is currently located. It includes some goals that could be accomplished fairly soon, like an upgrade to the local cable company's broadband speed. It also included construction of a new Senior Citizens Center, a new city government building and development of an amphitheater space.
The insurance premium tax increase would generate approximately $500,000 more per year, and would help Monticello recover from several years when the premium tax has been on the decline, city officials noted.
Since this was a first reading of the ordinance no action was necessary by the council.
They plan to hold a second reading of the ordinance at their next meeting.
Pulaski Sheriff's Department Conduct Third Drug Roundup of 2015
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck along with deputies from his office today began the third countywide drug roundup since he took office in January of this year. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by several law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA London Office), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI London Office), United States Marshall’s Service, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Probation and Parole, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, Somerset Police Department, Burnside Police Department, Ferguson, and Eubank Police Departments. Also assisting were Constables Wallace and Mayfield.
Officers from the various agencies divided up into teams early this morning in search of approximately 80 individuals wanted on District Court Warrants for various drug offenses. The majority of the offenses were for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance.
In April of 2015, the Sheriff’s Office drug roundup targeted 47 individuals who were indicted on 70 felony drug charges. That operation was followed in June with a predominately heroin trafficking roundup of 18 suspects charged with 33 felony offenses related to drug trafficking.
By the end of this year the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division will have opened approximately 250 drug related cases according to Sheriff Speck. The breakdown of those 250 cases reveals 24% heroin, 24% methamphetamine, 35% oxycodone, 14% other prescription drugs, and 3% marijuana related arrest warrants.
Sheriff Speck stated that his office will continue the aggressive pursuit of those individuals involved in the illegal drug trade in Pulaski County.
Individuals arrested in today’s roundup were processed at the Hal Rogers Fire Training Center and transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center by the Pulaski County Jailer.
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Meth Lab Discovered
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the finding of a non-active methamphetamine lab on Thursday November 26, 2015. Deputies Travis Bell, Jerry Coffey and Sharkley Stonewall answered a call of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at the Rollohome Trailer Park in Wayne County. Upon their arrival Deputies found that the resident was out of town, however someone or someone’s had been homesteading at the residence.
Deputies were given permission to search the residence for the homesteaders when the methamphetamine lab was located. Monticello Police Department Officer Gordon Stevens was called to the scene where he neutralized and cleaned up the methamphetamine lab. The investigation is continuing by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
Bomb Threat Reported at Senture
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports on Friday November 20, 2015 the Monticello 911 Communication Center received a cell phone call at 2:52 PM with the caller stating he had placed a bomb in a vehicle that was located at the Senture facility on West Highway 90.
Deputies Jason Phillips, Joe Horne, Travis Bell, Cody Neal, Sheriff Catron along with Monticello Police Department Detective Derek Lester and Ky. State Police Trooper Shawn Dixon responded and conducted a search of all vehicles located on the premises. No bomb was found and employees were instructed they could leave at the endof their shift or as they needed.
The investigation is continuing by the Wayne County Sheriff Office and a person of interest has been named in the case by Investigators.
Resource Officer Arrests two Students for Trafficking
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of two Wayne County High School students by Deputy Adam Dodson the Wayne County High School Resources Officer on Monday November 16, 2015. Deputy Dodson charged both students with trafficking in a control substance 1st degree.
This drug transaction took place at the Wayne County High school during school hours. Both students were lodged in the Adair County Youth Development Center. A third student was charged with public intoxication and was released to their parent. Deputy Dodson was assisted with his investigation by the Wayne County High School Administrative Staff.
Marshes Siding man arrested for Impersonating Police Officer
After a weeklong investigation into Wayne County citizens being stop by a man posing as an United States Federal Marshall Wayne County Deputy Cody Neal arrested James R. Jones of Marshes Siding, Ky. at his residence and charged him with 9 counts of impersonating a Peace Officer. At the time of the arrest a United States Federal Marshall’s badge was recovered along with a pair of handcuffs. James R. Jones was also charged by Ky. State Trooper E. Jones for 1 count of impersonating a Peace Officer. This charge was placed due to an incident in McCreary County where Jones also posed as a United States Federal Marshall.
The investigation is continuing with additional charges expected. Jones was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Jared Futrell Free On Bond - Trial Date Set For February 1st
Jared Futrell has been released from the Wayne County Detention Center
and Kayla Lord remains incarcerated – awaiting a February 1st trial date
set this past week in Pulaski Circuit Court. Futrell was released Monday, November 9th on a ten thousand dollar cash bond. No bond has been set
After being convicted in Wayne Circuit Court … Lord and Futrell were
granted a new trial by the State Supreme Court regarding the death of
Lord’s son, 17 month old Staten Stephenson.
Scam Alert Warning From Wayne County Sheriff's Department
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports that the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is receiving complaints daily about telephone scams. Scammers are using several different tactics including you have won the lottery or a sweepstakes and then requesting citizens pay a processing or paperwork fee. Under this scam, scammers state they will send you a check for you to cash and then you are to mail them back only part of this check amount. When you cash their check you are responsible for the entire amount of the check when it gets returned to your local bank.
Scammers call saying they are with the Internal Revenue Service stating you owe back taxes and if you don’t give them a debit or credit card number to pay your back taxes they will have IRS Agents or local law enforcement arrest you immediately.
Another scam is scammers’ state they are with a jail or detention center that has one of your family members incarcerated and your family member is requesting you pay their bond/bail so they may be released. Again scammers request you provide them with a debit or credit card number in order to pay the bond/bail amount.
Sheriff Catron reminds the citizens of Wayne County that these scammers can be very persistent and just because a phone number shows up on you caller ID that does not mean it is a legitimate number and to always use caution when anyone calls you by phone requesting money or your debit/credit card information.
Barnes - Catron Arrested By Wayne County Sheriffs Dept
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports two arrests by Deputy Travis
Bell on Friday, October 30th. Mary D. Barnes of Monticello was arrested
for Failure to Appear for a pretrial conference on the underlying charges
of Criminal Mischief, 2nd degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident,
Failure to Maintain Required Insurance and Contempt of Court.
John D. Catron of Monticello was arrested on two Wayne County
District Court Warrants of Arrest for Failure to Appear for a pretrial
conference on the underlying charges of two counts of Disorderly
Conduct, 2nd degree, Criminal Trespassing, 3rd degree, Contempt
of Court, Assault 4th degree and Public Intoxication. Barnes and
Catron were lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Brandon Jones Sentenced To Thirty Years For Child Porn
According to a news release and court records - 31 year old Brandon
Lynn Jones was sentenced to 30 years in prison after using a cell
phone to take and send pornographic photos of a four year old girl.
Jones will have to serve at least eighty five percent of the sentence
and must must register as a sex offender and be under probation
supervision for the rest of his life.
Mother Jailed After Pursuit - Child Placed In Protective Custody
According to Monticello Police Chief Ralph Miniard - on Friday, October
30th at 12:38PM, social workers with Protection and Permanency
requested law enforcement assistance. Social workers were engaged
in a well being check on a five month old child when the child's
mother, who was suspected of being under the influence of drugs, fled
in an automobile, driving in a reckless manner.
Officers from the Monticello Police Dept and Wayne County Sheriff's
Dept responded to the dispatch and located the suspects vehicle at the
intersection of the KY 90 Bypass and Hwy 1275. The operator, 36 year
old Kristen Michelle Fox, who is also the five month old child's mother,
refused to stop for police. A pursuit ensued involving speeds varying
between 45 and 60 miles per hour on Highway 1275. Law enforcement
officers coordinated efforts and managed to deflate a tire on the fleeing
vehicle with road spikes and brought it to a safe stop in the Mill Springs
area, with no one injured.
Kristen M. Fox was taken into custody by officers and the child was
received by social workers. 36 year old Fox was charged with Fleeing
and Evading, 1st degree, 4 counts of Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree,
Resisting Arrest, Operating on a Suspended License, Failure to Register
Vehicle, Improper Registration Plates, Failure to Maintain Insurance and
2 counts of Improper Passing. Evidence was also collected in a
DUI investigation. Fox was lodged in the Wayne County Detention
Keith - Larussa - Green Arrested By Wayne Co. Sheriffs Dept
A burglary reported to the 911 Communications Center around 5 o'clock
on Thursday, October 29th resulted in arrest of Travis Keith. Keith was
arrested by Wayne County Deputy Travis Bell and charged with Burglary
1st, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Menacing, Giving an Officer a
False Name and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Keith was lodged
in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reported two arrests by Deputy Joe
Horne on Monday, October 26th. Vicki L. Larussa of Monticello was
arrested on a Clinton County District Court Warrant for Failure to Pay
Fines on the underlying charges of Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree
on a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under
the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Possession of Marijuana.
Amy M. Green of Bronston was arrested on a Wayne County Warrant
of Arrest for Non Payment of Fines or show cause on the underlying
charges of Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Notify the KY Dept
of Transportation of an address change. Green was also arrested on
a Pulaski County Warrant of Arrest for Failure to Appear for an
arraignment on traffic violations. Larussa and Green were lodged in
the Wayne County Detention Center.
Update: Lord And Futrell Status Hearings Scheduled
Status hearings for Lord and Futtrell are on the Wayne Circuit Court docket
for Friday, November 6th. Lord and Futrell are being held without bond at
the Wayne County Detention Center. Gale Williams – Commonwealth Atty
for Adair and Casey County will reportedly serve as Special Prosecutor.
KY Supreme Court Reverses Futrell And Lord Convictions
The State Supreme Court has reversed the Judgement of the Wayne Circuit Court against Jared Futrell and Kayla Lord in connection with the death of
17 month of Staten Stephenson – and remanded additional proceedings consistent with this opinion.
The conclusion of the Supreme Court is that the trial court erred in failing
to strike two jurors for cause - and that Futrell and Lord’s convictions must
be reversed. Kayla Lord may be retried on both principal and complicity theories of murder (intentional or wanton) but, for reasons outlined Jared Futrell is not subject to retrial on a complicity theory – the Commonwealth having presented no evidence that he aided and assisted Lord as she
allegedly committed a fatal attack on her 17 month old son, Staten Stephenson. Futrell may, of course, be retried as a principal in the murder (intentional or wanton) of Stephenson.
Second Wayne County Man Arrested For Murder Of Poore
A second Wayne County man was charged with murder Friday, October
23rd in connection with the shooting death of Danny Joe Poore.
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Rexal K. Brown
of Monticello. Brown was served by Sheriff Catron with a Pulaski County
District Court Warrant of Arrest at the Wayne County Detention Center
for murder. This charge was obtained in relation to the death of Danny
Joe Poore that occurred in Pulaski County on Sunday, October 11th.
Brown remains lodged at the Wayne County Detention Center where
he was being held on a Probation and Parole violation.
Lewis - Bell - Daniels Arrested By Wayne Co Sheriffs Dept
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reported the following arrests on
Thursday, October 22nd. Deputy Travis Bell arrested Jeremy R.
Lewis of Monticello after a traffic stop for Prescription of a Controlled
Substance not in Proper Container, 1st degree, Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia and traffic violations.
Deputy Bell also arrested Wesley T. Bell of Monticello on a Pulaski
County District Court Warrant of Arrest for Failure to Appear for
arraingment on the underlying charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking,
(shoplifting). Deputy Joe Horne arrested Sandra L. Daniels of
Monticello on a Wayne County District Court Warrant of Arrest for
Forgery, 3rd degree. Lewis, Bell and Daniels were all lodged in the
Wayne County Detention Center.
Marijuana - Moonshine - Argument Prior To Fatal Shooting
At a preliminary hearing for Jesse W Brown on Wednesday, October 21st
in Pulaski District Court - officials allege there were drugs and drinking
going on where Danny Joe Poore,, Cara Whitley Bell, Destiny Duncan,
Jesse W. Brown and Rexal K. Brown were at a cabin at Pulaski County
An argument reportedly occurred and Poore was shot multiple times.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office received a tip later the same date
that led them to the cabin where they found Poore.
Evidence reportedly indicates that Poore was actually shot four times
by two guns. Officials say robbery could have been the motive for
the shooting. During the court proceeding on Wednesday, the Judge
noted that robbery would be an aggravated circumstance making
the death penalty an optoin - if the case goes to trial.
Pathways To Readiness Program Approved By School Board
The Wayne County Board of Education met Monday, October 19th and
gave their nod of approval to proceed with the Pathways to Readiness
program, which will basically change the high school from a traditional
high school to an early college and career center.
Students will have a variety of pathway options, establishing majors
that lead to a high school diploma. A students schedule will no longer
be based on a "one size fits all" instruction. In addition to high school
classroom studies, students may also be involved in online classes,
independent study, complete dual credit classes at SCC and work
Barnett Arrested By Wayne County Sheriffs Department
Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Shawn E. Barnett of Monticello
by Deputy Tommy Spencer on Monday, October 19th. Barnett was
arrested on a Wayne County District Court Warrant of Arrest for Non
Payment of Fines on the underlying charge of Possession of a
Controlled Substance, 1st offense and lodged in the Wayne County
Jesse Brown Makes Appearance In Pulaski District Court
A preliminary hearing was set for 25 year old Jesse W Brown during
his arraignment the week of October 12th. The hearing will be held
Wednesday, October 21st in Pulaski District Court. Brown pled not
guilty during a court proceeding the arraignment and remains
incarcerated in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
Two Other Persons Of Interest In Poore's Murder Case Found
The two other persons of interest in connection with the shooting death
of Danny Joe Poore were located on Thursday, October 15th. Wayne
County Sheriff Tim Catron reports that local KY Probation and Parole
Officers located Cara Whitney Bell at a residence on 1st Street while
doing a home inspection. Officers then contacted the Wayne County
Sheriff's Dept for assistance. Upon arrival, the Wayne County Sheriff's
Dept conducted a search of the residence and located Rexal Brown.
Both Bell and Brown were detained without incident and transported
to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for questioning in relation to the
murder of Danny Joe Poore.
Pipe Bomb Located By Local Residents On Morris Hill
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports that a pipe bomb was located
on Morris Hill by local residents on Tuesday, October 13th around 4:30
PM. Sheriff Catron and Deputy Sharkley Stonewall responded to the
scene, and after verifying that it was an actual pipe bomb - the KY State
Police Bomb Squad was notified and responded to the scene.
The Bomb Squad detonated the pipe bomb without incident and evidence
was collected. The investigation is contnuing by the Sheriff's Office, KY
State Police Bomb Squad and the Federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
Investigation Unit. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the
scene by the Monticello Fire Dept, Wayne County EMS and the Rescue
City Council Authorizes Mayor To Purchase Real Estate
The Monticello City Council met in regular session on Monday, October
12th and authorized Mayor Jeffrey Edwards to purchase up to five
parcels of real estate for city use. No specific details regarding the
the property or its location was disclosed, since negotiations for the
purchase are underway. That action came after the City Council met
in executive session for approximately 40 minutes to discuss real
estate, personnel and litigation.
Also during the meeting, the Council heard the first reading of an
ordinance creating a telephone franchise. No action was required
by the Council, since it was a first reading. City Clerk Treasurer
Greg Latham explained that the city's franchise agreement with
Windstream expired several years ago. The company recently
contacted the City and asked for the new agreement. The Council
also approved the appointment of Stella Pogue to the Housing
Authority and Kenny Ramsey to the Industrial Development
Muse Trial Rescheduled In Federal Court November 16th
A jury trial originally set for Monday, October 12th in US District Court
in London for James Ronald "Ronnie" Muse has been rescheduled for
An indictment superceding the first indictment against Muse now charges
Muse and Paul Ronald "Curly" Dunagan. The indictment states that both
Muse and Dunagan did allegedly conspire together, and with others to
knowingly and intentionally distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture
or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. A
total of $42,835.00, a 38 caliber revolver and six rounds of ammunition
was seized and forfeited.
Pulaski Co Sheriffs Dept Makes Arrest In Death Of Poore
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that the search for one person
of interest in the murder investigation of Danny Joe Poore ended at 3:30PM
on Tuesday, October 13th. 25 year old Jesse W. Brown of Monticello met
with detectives of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
Brown was charged with the murder of Danny Joe Poore and lodged in the
Pulaski County Detention Center with bond set at five hundred thousand
dollars cash or one million dollars property. Two other persons are being
sought for questioning.
Arrests Made By Wayne Co Sheriffs Dept Oct 11th - 15th
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reported the following arrests on Thursday, October 15th. Deputy Adam Dodson arrested Daphne D. Young of Monticello
on a Wayne County District Court Warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, 1st offense. Young was also arrested for Failure to Make Child
Support payments in the amount of $1789.50 as of September 30th.
Record Harvest of Deer Reported in September
Cold air poured into Kentucky over the past weekend and dropped overnight low temperatures below freezing across much of the state.
The cool down didn’t cool off the deer hunting. It’s been hot since early September.
Among the highlights: archery hunters established a new monthly harvest record by taking 6,650 deer in September; a record 5,558 deer were telechecked during the statewide youth firearms weekend earlier this month; and the harvest of 8,262 deer during the October muzzleloader weekend was the second highest on record.
Wayne County Schools participating in "Safe School Week"
The Wayne County School District knows that safe schools promote effective, productive citizens, and building Wayne County’s future should be everyone’s concern. This week (October 18-24) is Kentucky Safe Schools Week and the local district is pleased to announce a new position established to enhance drug prevention and school safety.
Just recently, the school district joined the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Wayne County Government to establish a school resource officer position. As a result of that partnership, Deputy Adam Dodson just started working on campus to provide a more secure, nurturing and safe environment for students and staff.
In addition, the Wayne County High School will be holding a pep rally recognizing the many students who devote much of their time after school to extra-curricular and athletic team events during the fall months. This will highlight positive youth activities and be held during sixth period on Friday, October 23.
Former Wayne Co. Resident Murdered Sunday in Pulaski County
At approximately 2 pm Sunday, October 11, 2015 Sheriff Greg Speck along with deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, acting on a tip they received, discovered the body of a Caucasian male in a rental cabin on the property of the Pulaski County Park in Nancy, Kentucky.
The victim, a former Wayne Countian, Danny J. Poore, age 34 of 4115 Pinecrost Drive, Louisville, Kentucky apparently died of gunshot wounds. The Pulaski County Major Crimes Task Force, comprised of detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Somerset Police Department and the Kentucky State Police immediately began an investigation into the murder of Poore. The Burnside Police Department is also assisting in the investigation.
Three persons of interest are being sought for questioning by the Task Force: Carah Whitney Bell, age 23 of 4496 Rush Branch Road, Somerset, Kentucky; Jesse W. Brown, age 25 of 125 Rollohome Park, Monticello, Kentucky; and Rexal K. Brown Rural Route 5, Monticello, Kentucky.
If you have information pertaining to this case, please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 678-5145, or pulaskisheriff.com
More Arrests By Wayne County Sheriffs Dept Oct 3rd - 9th
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of William C.
Foster of Monticello by Deputy's Cody Neal and Brent Rose on
Friday, October9th. Foster was arrested on two Wayne County
Family Court Orders of Arrest for Contempt of Court for Failing to
make Child Support payments as previously ordered by the Court.
One Wayne County Family Court Civil Action Order was in the
arrears in the amount of $16,210.25 as of July 31st. The second
Order was in the arrears in the amount of $9,231.21 as of August
Reduction Of Probation Requirements For Tejeda Denied
An order signed by Special Judge Jeffrey T Burdette was filed
Wednesday, October 7th in the Wayne Circuit Clerks office
“overruling” Former Assistant Wayne County Attorney Roderick
Tejeda’s request to reduce probation requirements regarding
the fatal accident in April of 2012 claiming the life of Helen Neal. .
Tejeda pled guilty to Reckless Homicide for causing Neal’s death
while he was an acting county prosecutor - and agreed to be on
pretrial diversion for five full years with stipulated, particular,
bargained conditions requested by Neal’s family – and specifically
required before the Commonwealth agreed to a diversion
Judge Burdette ruled that Tejeda is to fulfill his obligation under
the pretrial diversion which he voluntarily entered and expressed
to by court order in September of 2013.
Trial Date Set For Miller - Yates Sentenced To Ten Years
In Wayne Circuit Court action Tuesday, October 6th - a jury trial
date of November 16th was set for Ian Miller. Miller is charged
with Murder in connection with the shooting death of Gavin
Jerry Joe Yates waived further court proceedings Tuesday and
entered a guilty plea to amended offenses. He was sentenced to
ten years on seven counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged
Instrument 1st degree and five years on Possession of a Firearm
by a Convicted Felon. Yates was also sentenced to three years
for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense
and three years for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st
degree, 2nd offense – all to run concurrent with one another for
a total of ten years to serve.
It was further ordered that Yates sentence run concurrent with
two indictments out of Wayne Circuit Court which he is currently
serving for a total sentence of ten years to serve.
Wayne Fiscal Court meets
Wayne County Fiscal Court met in regular session yesterday
(Thursday) and approved a resolution accepting $160,000 in
discretionary funds from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The
money will be used for blacktopping and will combine with state
dollars already approved through flex funding.
County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson said that each district will
receive a total of $182,000 for blacktopping projects, and
magistrates have submitted roads to be included in both rounds of
funding. Anderson cautioned that this does not translate into a lot
of blacktopping projects, but the county would continue to work to
improve roads. He noted that the county road department began
working on blacktop projects this week.
Also during the meeting, the court approved an interlocal agreement
with Clinton County regarding maintenance of Jones Mill Road and
Perdue Road. Both roads are located in Clinton County and Wayne
County. A couple of personnel matters were also approved. Larry
Bertram was hired at the Recycling Center. Tommy Hardwick was
hired as a mechanic.
Armed Robbery Suspect Being Sought In Russell County
A search is underway for a suspect in an armed Robbery Friday night
(October 2nd) in Russell County. According to reports …the Russell
County Sheriff’s Department is searching for the suspect involved in
an armed robbery Friday around 8:30PM at the North 127 One Stop,
in what’s referred to as the Webb Cross Roads community.
According to police, a man wearing a black mask, blue poncho, and
black gloves walked into the store carrying an automatic handgun
just before the store was about to close. Investigators say the
suspect allegedly pointed his gun at the clerk and demanded
money. Once the clerk handed over the money, the suspect fled
on foot. In checking with the Russell Springs Dispatch Sunday,
October 4th - the suspect remains at large and anyone having
any information should call 270-343-6600.
Public's Help Needed In Wayne County Home Invasion Case
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron is asking for the public's help solving
a home invasion case. The home invasion took place in the Ramsey
Point area of Wayne County in the early morning hours of August 2nd
about 4:30AM. Investigators have exhausted all leads and are asking
the public to help identify the suspect from sketches now posted on
"tweets" our home page at wkym.com
Investigators have determined the suspect entered the residence with
seven victims inside. The suspect continued to an upstairs bedroom
where he assaulted a female that was asleep. He then fled the home
on foot and entered a dark colored small car parked on Ramsey Point
Road. The suspect is described as a heavier set male, possibly from
25 to 35 years old, with shoulder length "red" hair.
Investigators are asking the public to keep in mind that the suspect
does have "red" hair -the sketches could only be done in black and
white. Sheriff Catron wants the publc to know that all information
or tips received will be kept confidential. Investigators only need
information - not your name. You may contact the Sheriff's Dept
through their Facebook page or by calling 348-5416 or 911.
Missing Pulaski Co Man Found In Freezer Identified As Jenks
According to Pulaski County Greg Speck - the body of a Caucasian male
was discovered at a residence at 591 Happy Ridge Road in Nancy around
10PM Tuesday, September 29th. Sheriff Speck and Detectives
discovered the body after a search warrant of the premises was issued
due to an investigation regarding a missing persons report filed earlier
in the day on Tuesday for 68 year old Gary Ray Jenks.
A body was discovered inside a trailer on the property and led to the
arrest of 51 year old Teresa Owens who also lived at the address. She
was arrested on felony charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence
and Abuse of a Corpse and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention
The Pulaski County Coroner has reportedly positively identified the
body as Gary Ray Jenks. His cause of death has not yet been
determined as officials await autopsy results. Owens arrest citation
reportedly stated that she tried to dispose of Jenks body by pouring
lye and fertilizer on it. Jenks arms were reportedly tied with several
pieces of string. The investigation is ongoing.
Numerous Arrests By Sheriffs Dept Sept 27th - Oct 2nd
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports two arrests on Friday, October
2nd. Deputy Joe Horne arrested Christopher R. Ferman of Monticello
for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, No
Operators License and other traffic violations.
Deputy Cody Neal arrested Keith E. Duncan of Monticello. Neal obtained
a search warrant for a vehicle belonging to Duncan after investigating
a suspicious vehicle complaint. Duncan was charged with Trafficking in
Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Meth),
Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree (drug unspecified),
Possession of a Controlled Substance not in proper container, Possession
of Drug Paraphernalia and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Accountability Test Scores Released For Wayne Co Schools
The Wayne County School District's Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability results have been released for the 2014-15 school year.
Wayne County High School performed exceptionally well, earning the
highest level of performance, know as Distinguished, which is the second
time they have reached the top in the past three years.
The entire district moved up to the Proficient category with an overall score
of 66.6 ranking them in the 74th percentile amongst districts across the
state. To become proficient, a district must score from the 70th to the 89th percentile.
Oh deer! Kentucky’s peak season for deer collisions returns
Brace yourselves, Kentucky drivers; the annual three-month increase in roadway encounters, and unfortunate collisions, with white-tailed deer is once again upon us.
Deer can certainly be spotted around Kentucky any time of year, but for the next three months their activity – and likelihood of becoming a costly, if not deadly, roadway hazard – increases dramatically. According to Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Insurance Company claims data, drivers across the Commonwealth are anywhere from two to seven times as likely to collide with a deer on the road in November as they are during the first nine months of the year.
Wayne Fiscal Court meets in Special Session
Wayne County Fiscal Court met in special session Wednesday, September
30th and approved a resolution adopting the Rural Secondary Road Program agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Wayne County will receive $319,272 in funding through the program and 12 roads are included on the list for improvement projects.
A second item on the agenda for the meeting, which involved an interlocal agreement between Wayne County and Clinton County regarding several shared roads, was tabled until the regular meeting in October.
Wayne County School Board Sets Tax Rate Thursday
The Wayne County Board of Education met in special session yesterday (Thursday) and approved a tax rate of 44.5 cents per hundred dollars assessed value for real and personal property. That rate is 1.6 cents higher than last year's tax rate.
A public hearing was held prior to the special meeting, allowing the public an opportunity to provide input on the four percent tax rate increase.
Wayne Fiscal Court Meets For Regular Session Thursday
Wayne County Fiscal Court met in regular session yesterday (Thursday) and heard an update regarding the purchase of the recycling center. County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson said that the state has verbally approved the purchase and that the process is continuing.
Anderson also updated magistrates regarding the Young Farm Bridge project. He said it has been advertised for bids and expects a special meeting will be called to award the project bid.
Also during the meeting, magistrates approved the appointment of Calvin McFarland to the Telecommunications Board for a four year term. They also declared the large oil tanks that were removed at the hospital as surplus property.
Monticello Woman Involved In Pulaski County Accident
According to a news release from Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck,
around 1PM on Sunday, September 6th - deputies were dispatched to
a three vehicle accident at the intersection of Grundy Road and East
Hwy 80 involving two passenger vehicles and a motorcycle.
Five Arrests By Sheriffs Dept Over Labor Day Weekend
According to a news release from Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron,
on Saturday, September 5th Deputy Joe Horne arrested Timothy A.
Burks for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/
Drugs and other traffic violations.
Peggy S. Burks was arrested Saturday for Operating a Motor Vehicle
Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs - Possession of a Controlled
Substance, 1st degree, Operating a Motor on Suspended or
Revoked Operators License and other traffic violations.
On Sunday, September 6th, Deputy Horne arrested Terry S. Daniels
was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the
Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Possession of a Controlled Substance,
2nd degree and other traffic violations.
Stacy D. Parrigin was arrested on several warrants. Two Wayne
County District Court warrants for Non Payment of Fines, one
Warren County Circuit Court warrant for Tampering with Physical
Evidence, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree and
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Parrigin was also arrested on
a Casey County District Court warrant for Theft by Deception.
Shelly L. Roberts was arrested by Deputy Travis Bell for Operating
a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs after a motor
vehicle accident on East 92.
Lake Cumberland Poker Run Weekend Of September 12th
The Lake Cumberland Poker Run is back and better than ever for
2015! Combining the raw fury of over 150 of the country’s meanest
and fastest powerboats with the fun and energy of Mardi Gras. This
year’s Poker Run is sure to be the best one yet!
Come see why it's in the top ten by Extreme Boats Magazine as one
of the best poker runs in the country. This year, there will be more
boats and more fun! http://www.lakecumberlandpokerrun.net/
Ten Arrested By The Wayne County Sheriff's Department
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - two arrests were
made by Deputy Joe Horne on Thursday, September 3rd. A traffic
stop on 2nd Street resulted in David A. Hoke being arrested for
Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st and numerous other
traffic violations. Hoke was also arrested on a Fayette County
Family Court Order of Arrest for Failure to Comply with previous
orders of the Court. Michelle K. Stinson of Monticello was arrested
on a Wayne County District Court Warrant of Arrest for Theft by
Deception. Hoke and Stinson was lodged in the Wayne County
A husband and wife were arrested following a two vehicle accident
on Wednesday, September 2nd. Deputy Travis Bell responded to
a two vehicle accident on KY 1546 in the Murl community. The
operator of one of the vehicles - Dustin J. Atkinson of Monticello
was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of
Alcohol/Drugs, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, and
other traffic violations While still investigating the accident -
Rebecca J. Atkinson, the wife of Dustin arrived at the scene, driving
another vehicle when Deputy Bell noticed she was having difficulties
holding her head up. Rebecca Atkinson was also charged with
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and they were both
lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
March 2016 Circuit Court Trial Date Set For Gary Cox
A pretrial conference for Gary Cox was held Tuesday, September 1st
regarding charges stemming from a well being check on his 72 year
old mother in April.
Another pretrial conference was set for November 2nd and Cox' trial
date was also scheduled for March 9th and 10th of 2016. Cox was
initially charged with Unlawful Imprisonment 1st, Wanton Endangerment
1st and Cruelty to Animals.
More Gambling Machines Confiscated In Pulaski County
An August 31st news release from Pulaski County Sheriff Greg
Speck says Deputies confiscated ten gambling machines as a result
of continuing investigations into illegal gambling operations in Pulaski
The seizure of ten additional machines resulted from the culmination
of intelligence gathering and an ongoing undercover investigation
into the illegal activity. Detectives assigned to a surveillance detail
were awaiting signatures for a search warrant of the premises, when
they observed individuals at Wesley's Billiards at 51 Shell Mark Drive
off Slate Branch Road loading several gambling machines into a
trailer to be moved to an unknown location. Shortly after, two subjects
left the location with the machines. Sheriff's Deputies conducted a
traffic stop at the intersection of Slate Branch Road and Oak Hill Road.
Ten gambling machines and approximately three thousand dollars in
cash were seized at the scene.
Bryan Bell Appointed New Animal Control Officer
Bryan Bell has been appointed as the new Animal Control Officer for
Wayne County, replacing Daniel Morrow who had been serving in that
position. During a special called meeting on Monday, August 24th -
County Judge Executive Mike Anderson made the announcement that
Bell would assume the job effective August 25th.
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 Tuesday from members regarding phone calls they supposedly received from the co-op.
Reports say a person is calling and claiming to be with South Kentucky RECC. This person tells members that the co-op is going to disconnect service if they don’t pay their bill right then.
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.
Auditor Edelen Releases Special Examination into City of Somerset, Finds Employees Feared Retaliation, Officials Conducted City Business with Little Accountability
FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 26, 2015) – Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination into the City of Somerset, finding that city employees feared retaliation, city officials generally ignored city policies and ordinances – if they existed at all – and made spending and management decisions without proper oversight or accountability.
The report describes a city management that didn’t competitively bid at least $280,000 worth of services, did not consistently contract for or have oversight of negotiated industrial natural gas rates, hires and pays personnel not established or authorized by city council and at times operated outside the confines of city policies, ordinances, and other laws.
October Trial Date Set For Muse In Federal Court In London
A trial date has been set for a Wayne County man arrested July 22nd
for conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine.
69 year old James Ronald Muse, also known as Ronnie Muse pled not
guilty during an arraignment in U.S. District Court in London. A jury
trial before Federal Judge Gregory F. Van Taten Hove is scheduled for
10AM on Tuesday, October 13th. Muse's trial is expected to last two
Daniels - Roberts - Casada - Carrender Arrested For Drugs
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - Campbell P. Daniels
of Monticello was arrested on Wednesday, August 19th on a Wayne
Circuit Court Indictment Warrant for Trafficking in a Controlled
Substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense and Persistent Felony Offender.
Thirteen Indicted By Wayne County Grand Jury In August
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, August 18th in regular
session and indictments were filed on thirteen individuals in the Circuit
Clerks Office. Viewers are reminded - the indictment of a person by
a Grand Jury is an accusation only - that person is presumed innocent
until and unless proven guilty.
Work Underway on By Pass 90 in Monticello
Crews are set to begin construction this week on KY 90 in Wayne County starting at mile point 9 (Hospital Street) and ending at mile point 13 (Tate Drive).
Kay & Kay Contracting, LLC was awarded the project for $4.46 million. The project will consist of constructing left and right turn lanes from KY 90 onto Worsham Lane. A center left/right turn lane will be installed beginning at the intersection of KY 92 and ending at the intersection of KY 90/KY 1275. In addition to the added turn lanes crews will perform enhancements to the grade and drain as well as roadway surface.
During construction speed limits will be reduced from 55 MPH to 45 MPH. Motorist are also advised to pay close attention to signage through the work zone as traffic patterns will change throughout the duration of the project. Lane closures, lane restrictions as well as flaggers and construction personnel working in close proximity to traffic flow should be expected. Appropriate caution is required. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination.
Work is expected to be completed November 15, 2015. The starting date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.
Wayne County School Board Conducts Regular Session Monday
The Wayne County Board of Education met in regular session Monday,
August 17th and approved a change order for the middle school
construction project totaling three hundred fifty dollars, and upgraded
the finish on the floor tile to a textured surface.
The board also approved a pay application for approximately $338,000
dollars for the project, and reviewed several pictures which show the
significant progress that is ongoing at the site. The new addition at the
school will add eight classrooms and is expected to be completed by
mid year. Board members also heard a report reflecting enrollment
numbers being down 29 students at this point in the school year.
Mink - Upchurch Arrested By Wayne County Sheriff's Dept
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Casey A.
Mink of Monticello on Sunday, August 16th by Deputy's Brent Rose
and Cody Neal. Mink was arrested on a Wayne County District Court
Warrant for Theft by Unlawful Taking. The charge stemming from
a theft of ipads from Wayne County High School. Mink was also
arrested on a Pulaski County Circuit Court indictment warrant for
Theft by Unlawful Taking and lodged in the Wayne County Detention
According to Sheriff Catron - Justin S Upchurch was arrested on
Monday, August 17th on a Wayne Circuit Court Indictment warrant
for Possession of a Controlled Substance, first degree, first
offense (Methamphetamine) and Tampering with Physical Evidence
and lodged Upchurch in the Wayne County Detention Center.
State Police At London Post Receiving Calls Of Phone Scam
State Police Post 11, London has received several complaints
from citizens advising that there have been phone calls from
someone stating that they are with the Internal Revenue Service
and that they are owed money.
The callers are advising that the calls are from a 917 area code.
Callers further state that if the debt is not paid, legal action will be
taken against them.
The IRS does not contact anyone by phone this is obviously a phone
scam. Never give anyone your personal information over the phone.
If anyone receives any suspicious calls please contact the Kentucky
State Police or your local law enforcement agency.
County Agrees To Purchase Recycling Center Building
The Wayne Fiscal Court agreed to will purchase the building where the
recycling center is now located during their meeting Thursday, August
13th. The court approved the purchase after taking several days to
review an appraisal of the building as well as the lease to purchase
proposal presented by the Monticello Wayne County Industrial
Authority which owns the property.
Under the agreement, the county will pay $1250 dollars per month
over a 15 year period to own the building. They are currently paying
$800 rent per month at the facility.
Ovington Arrested By Wayne County Sheriff's Dept
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - Charles L. Ovington of
Monticello was arrested by Deputy Brad Tucker on Wednesday, August
12th. Ovington was arrested on a Fleming County Circuit Court Warrant
of Arrest for Burglary, 2nd degree - Possession of a Forged Instrument,
2nd degree. He was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Another Exciting Year Of High School Football On WKYM
Get ready for another exciting year of High School Football on WKYM.
The Wayne County Cardinals open their season Saturday, August 22nd
in the Roy Kidd Bowl in Richmond (playing Madison Central). Hear
every game this year on WKYM, as well as wkym.com, CTS Channel
15 and on your smart phone or tablet with the free WKYM app.
Get ready for the season opener this Friday evening with the Cardinal
Preview on WKYM at 6PM, just before the Cardinals host Casey County
in a preseason game. Wayne County is in a new classification this
year, and a new district and we will break it all down and get you ready
for the season with Cardinal Preview at 6 this Friday evening.
Charlie Peters To Represent City On Utility Commission
Councilman Charlies Peters will complete the term of Councilman Alvin
Sexton on the Monticello Utility Commission. Mayor Jeffrey Edwards
made the appointment Monday, August 10th after Sexton informed the
council he had resigned from the board due to personal matters.
Sexton has served as a council representative on the Utility Commission
for the past eleven years. During Monday's meeting, Edwards appointed
Donna Carrender Morrow to fill a vacancy on the Housing Authority. He
also updated the council regarding the applications for funding for a new
Senior Citizens Center and said the paperwork for CDBG and ARC
grants has been completed and submitted. Edwards indicated that the
City should receive official word soon regarding the project.
Edwards Arrested For Drugs Charges By Sheriff's Dept
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Cynthia D Edwards
of Monticello on Monday, August 10th by Deputy Sharkley Stonewall.
Edwards was arrested for Controlled Substance not in Proper Container.
She was also arrested on a Pulaski County Circuit Court Indictment
Warrant of Arrest for 4 counts of Burglary 3rd degree and 5 counts of
Theft by Unlawful Taking / Shoplifting. Edwards was lodged in the Wayne
County Detention Center.
Wayne County Schools Enrollment at 3,200 students
At the beginning of the first full week of school, attendance data has revealed that the enrollment leveled out from the start of school and there were just 15 fewer students present, compared to the fourth day of classes last year.
These figures can be attributed to the biggest difference in attendance at the Lake Cumberland Youth Development Center where there were 11 fewer students, compared to last year.
Wayne County Schools showed a total of 3,200 students, which does not include the preschoolers who will begin school on August 17. Phase-In transition days begin tomorrow on August 12 and continue through Thursday, August 13 at the Walker Early Learning Center.
Hardwick - Hale Arrested By Wayne County Sheriff's Dept
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - Amanda J. Hardwick of
Monticello was arrested Saturday, August 8th. Deputies Travis Bell and
Jerry Coffey were called to a residence at Mobile Manor Court for a
welfare check on two children . After a search of the residence and
evidence collected - Deputy Bell charged Amanda J. Hardwick with
Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree - Possession of a
Controlled Substance, 3rd degree - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
and Cultivation of Marijuana. Hardwick was lodged in the Wayne County
On Sunday, August 9th - Wayne County Deputy Travis Bell executed a
Clinton County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant of Arrest on Brian C.
Hale of Monticello. Hale was charged with two counts of Trafficking in
a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree and lodged in the Wayne County
Daniels Arrested By Sheriff's Dept On Indictment
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Campbell P.
Daniels of Monticello on Wednesday, August 5th by Deputy Jerry
Coffey. Daniels was arrested on a Wayne County Circuit Court
Indictment Warrant for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st
degree, 1st offense and Persistent Felony Offender. He was lodged
in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Section Of Main Street In Monticello Closed Due To Sinkhole
Main street in Monticello is now closed at Bertram's Valero. The area
was previously reduced to one lane while crews made repairs to a
sinkhole. Rains moved in mid-week and for safety concern to the
traveling public - officials closed the section of roadway to through
traffic. Detour routes are currently being signed and motorist may
use KY 92, KY 90 and KY 1275 both east and west of the closed
Wayne County Schools Off To Great Start With 3145 Students
Wayne County Schools got off to a great start on Wednesday, August
5th with 3145 students. Attendance records showed 934 students at
Wayne County High School, 759 at Wayne County Middle School, 707
at Monticello Elementary, 476 at Bell Elementary and 208 students at
Walker's Early Learning Center. In addition, 38 students are attending
Otter Creek Academy and 23 are enrolled at Lake Cumberland Youth
Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Blue Water Trails
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Slices of Kentucky still retain the patina of times long ago. Powerful economic and cultural forces of the 20th Century reshaped the landscape of Kentucky, but there are still areas that look and feel similar to what those who traveled in horse-drawn buggies witnessed in their daily lives.
The Little South Fork of Cumberland River region is one of those places. Remnants of hand-laid stone fences line many of the roads leading to the access points on the Little South Fork. Many fine homes feature small, irregular windows and stone chimneys, revealing likely log construction underneath the siding. Suspension footbridges in excellent condition at shallow crossings of the river evoke earlier times in the mountains.
Wayne County Students receive over $900.000 in Kentucky Lottery Scholarship money in 2014
Approximately 32,00 students have returned to classes at Wayne County School for the new year.
Another round of students will head to college and other schools soon, the Kentucky Lottery announced some 487 students from Wayne County received KEES, CAP, and KTG money for the 2014 school year in the total of $918,817.
Justin Alley Recommended For Principal At High School
Wayne County High Schools Site Base Council met Tuesday, August
4th in special session and made the decision to recommend to
Superintendent Roberts to hire Justin Alley as principal of Wayne
County High School.
Wayne County Home Invasion - Robbery At Ramsey Point
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - Deputy Jerry Coffey
responded to a home invasion, robbery incident in the Ramsey Point
area at 4:33AM on Sunday, August 2nd.
Upon arrival, Deputy Coffey found the residence had been entered
into with seven people inside. Two females had been assaulted by
the perpetrator. One female was transported to Wayne County
Hospital by EMS for treatment. Cash, prescription medications
and several other items were taken. Evidence was collected and
the investigation is ongoing by the Wayne County Sheriff's Dept.
Pulaski County Man Arrested At Burnside For Meth
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck on Monday, August
3rd - Sheriff's Deputy's served a Probation Violation warrant on 44
year old Joseph Young on Dixie Bend Road. After locating Young at
the residence - Deputy Joey Johnson observed several baggies of
what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine.
The investigation led to the arrest of 58 year old Joey Keith of
Dixie Bend Road, Burnside. Over 2.50 grams of meth and several
digital scales were seized at the residence. Keith was charged
with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st degree, 1st offense and
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Young and Keith were both
lodge in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
Coffey Arrested For Possession Of Methamphetamine
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Lance D.
Coffey of Monticello by Deputy Cody Neal on Saturday, August
1st. Coffey was arrested after a traffic stop for Possession of a
Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and No
Operators License. Coffey was also charged on a Wayne County
Circuit Court Warrant of Arrest for non payment of fines and
lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Sparks - Dobbs - Crabtree Arrested By Sheriff's Dept
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Joshua K.
Sparks of Albany. Sparks was arrested on Friday, July 31st by
Deputy Cody Neal on Clinton County Warrants of Arrest for
Burglary 3rd degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking and Criminal
Mischief, 1st degree. Sparks was lodged in the Wayne County
Wayne County Sheriff Reports More Drug Arrests
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Gary L.
Daniels of Monticello on Wednesday, July 29th. Daniels was
arrested by Deputy Travis Bell on a Jessamine County Circuit
Court indictment for 3 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled
Substance, 2nd degree. Daniels was also served with 2 Wayne
County District Court Criminal Summons for Theft By Deception.
Muse Arrested In One Of Kentucky's Largest Meth Busts
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck and Wayne
County Sheriff Tim Catron, on Wednesday, July 22nd - a joint
operation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies
resulted in the seizure of approximately twelve pounds of
Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts 26 During July Meeting
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday for their regular
monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 21st and indictments were
filed on twenty six 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 Sheriff Reports Several Drug Arrests
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - on Thursday, July
23rd, Deputy Travis Bell arrested of Miles D Sutton of Monticello on
a Wayne County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant for Criminal
Possession of a Forged Prescription, 1st Offense.
Audit Of Former Wayne County Sheriff's Office Released
State Auditor Adam Edelen on Friday, July 24th released the audit of
the 2014 financial statement of former Wayne County Sheriff Charles
L. Boston for the period of January 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015.
The auditor found no instances of noncompliance.
Wayne Fiscal Court Agrees To Refinance Bond Issue
The Wayne Fiscal Court met Thursday, July 23rd and approved the
second reading of an ordinance to refinance the bond issue on the
Detention Center. Refinancing the bond issue will save taxpayers
approximately $150,000 dollars over a ten year period. The total
amount to be refinanced is approximately $2.6 million.
In other action during the meeting - the court approved the 2nd
reading of an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016
budget to include unbudgeted receipts totaling $252,000 dollars.
Magistrates also appointed Steve Hutchison to serve on the
Telecommunications Board for a term that will expire in January
Council Approves Resolution For New Senior Citizens Center
The Monticello City Council approved a resolution to seek funds
for a new Senior Citizens Center Monday night. It is an initial step
in the process to construct a new center in the downtown area, if
funding is secured. The city is applying for Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the project. The resolution authorized
Mayor Jeffrey Edwards to review and sign any documents related to
the grant or the project implementation.
Also during the meeting, the council approved several resolutions
related to the proposed Scattered Site Housing Phase III project.
The city is applying for a $1 million CDBG grant for this phase of the
housing replacement and rehabilitation project. Council members
were updated regarding ongoing work on North Main Street near
Family Hair Design. Scott Upchurch, systems manager for the
Monticello Utility Commission, explained that crews have been
digging up an area of the street at that location this week in order
to take care of a problem with a deteriorated manhole. Upchurch
said the utility commission may also have some sewer pipe issues
in that area.
Cooper Arrested For Drugs - Bridgeman For Non Support
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports that on Saturday, July
18th Deputy Horne arrested Christy D. Cooper of Monticello after
a traffic stop. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled
Substance, 1st Degree - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
multiple traffic offenses and lodged in the Wayne County Detention
Sheriff Catron also reports the arrest of Michael R. Bridgeman of
Monticello by Deputy Travis Bell on Saturday, July 18th. Bridgeman
was arrested on an Order of Arrest for Failing to make Child Support
payments. He was in the arrears in the amount of $32,158.39 as of
March 31st. Bridgeman was lodged in the Wayne County Detention
Smart And Coffey Arrested By Wayne County Sheriff's Dept
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports Eric Smart was arrested
on Friday, July 17th on two felony charges of Wanton Endangerment
1st degree. The charges were obtained following an investigation by
Deputy Sharkley Stonewall regarding a shooting incident occurring
Wednesday on Flynn Road. After arrest warrants were obtained by
Deputies Cody Neal and Jason Phillips – Smart was arrested at his
residence and lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Sheriff Catron also reports the arrest of Roger Coffey of Monticello
on Thursday, July 16th by Deputy Sharkley Stonewall. Coffey was
charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of a Controlled
Substance, 1st Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He
was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. The investigation
is ongoing by Stonewall and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Dept.
Sheriff Catron reported the destruction of ten marijuana plants on
Thursday, July 16th by Deputies Cody Neal and Jason Phillips. The
plants were located in the Mt. Pisgah community. The investigation
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School Year Begins For Wayne County Students August 5th
The 2015 - 2016 school year for students at Wayne County Schools
begins on Wednesday, August 5th. The opening day for teachers
and student orientation will be held Monday, August 3rd.
The calendar includes several off days for students beginning with
Labor Day on September 7th. Fall break will be October 5th thru
9th. There will be no school November 2nd and 3rd. Thanksgiving
break is November 25th through the 27th and Christmas break will
be December 21st through January 1st. There will be no school
January 18th and February 15th. Spring break is scheduled for
April 4th through the 8th. The last day of the 2016 school year for
students is set for May 6th.
Former Wayne County Deputy Pleads Guilty To DUI
Former Wayne County Deputy and Monticello Police Officer Micah
Morrow pleaded guilty to DUI on Monday, July 13th in Wayne District
Court. Morrow was fined two hundred dollars and court costs. His
drivers license was also suspended for sixty days. Two other charges
against Morrow - Possession of a Radio that sends and receives police
messages and Escape 3rd degree were dismissed.
Wayne County Man Arrested On Drug Charges
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, Dustin C. also known
as Avalanche Burchett of Monticello was arrested by Deputy Travis
Bell on Saturday, July 11th. Burchett was arrested on Wayne County
Bench Warrants of Arrest for Drug Court violations and Failure to
Appear for sentencing on July 7th for Trafficking in a Controlled
Substance, 1st offense. Burchett was lodged in the Wayne County
Wayne County Man Arrested For Assault - Victim Flown To UT
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports the arrest of Logan Criswell
of Monticello on numerous charges. Sheriff Catron and Deputy Joe
Horn responded to 142 Bob Carrender Road on Friday, July 10th
after receiving an assault. complaint. Upon arrival, a male victim was
found to have been assaulted with a dangerous instrument causing
serious eye, head and facial injuries. The victim was airlifted to UT
Hospital for treatment.
During the investigation, it was determined that Logan Criswell had
allegedly committed the assault, but had left the scene prior to the
arrival of law enforcement. Deputy Jerry Coffey later located
Criswell in a vehicle at the Shell Mart at the intersection of 90/92
in Monticello. Criswell was arrested and charged with Assault 1st
degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree,
Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1st
offense and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon. Criswell was
lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Wayne County Man Jailed After Injury Accident On East 92
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - Deputy Travis Bell
arrested 24 year old Joshua T. Leffew of Monticello on Tuesday,
July 7th following a traffic accident on East 92. Leffew was charged
with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, 2nd Offense
and Driving on a Suspended Operator's License 1st Offense. He was
also charged with Assault 1st Degree due to serious physical injuries
caused to the operator of the other vehicle involved in the accident.
Leffew was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Two Somerset Residents Arrested On Drug Charges
According to a news release from Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron,
on Friday, July 3rd ... Deputies Travis Bell and Jerry Coffey arrested
two Somerset men on drug charges. Noah A Shadoan and William
W. Rash were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st
Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were lodged in
the Wayne County Detention Center.
Wayne County Man Arrested For Robbery And Other Charges
According to a news release from Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron -
Blake A. Thompson of Monticello was arrested Wednesday, July 1st by
Deputy Sharkley Stonewall on warrants of arrest for Robbery, 2nd
degree, Receiving Stolen Property and Failure To Make Child Support
Thompson was also arrested on a Cumberland County warrant of arrest
for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
and Operating a Motor Vehicle on a Suspended or Revoked Operators
License. Thompson was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Wayne County Fair and Horse Show Mud Bogg and Tuff Truck Competition
39 & up tire size mud bogg
1st Jimmy Branscum
2nd Jimmy Morrow
3rd Dustin Denny
Tuff Truck Buggy
1st Mark Mathis
2nd Jimmy Branscum
3rd Jimmy Morrow
35 to 38 tire size mud bogg
1st Larry Hill
2nd Larry Hill Jr.
3rd Harry Wells
Tuff Truck Stock
1st Arthur Crabtree
2nd Derek Tucker
3rd Kyle Mathews
Tuff Truck Side by Side
1st Tony Chriswell
2nd Travis Smith
3rd Mason Stogsdill
34 & under tire size mud bogg
2nd Shawn Watson
3rd Kyle Matthews
Lawn Mower Mud Run
1st Joey Dodson
2nd Tim Mallon
3rd Brandon Smith
Wayne County Fair Pageant Results
2) Zoey Lay
1) Milay Houp
W) Aubrey Morrow
2) Dixie Guffey
1) Carly McFarland
W) Kinsley Shearer
1) Trenton Lockridge
W) Nolen Rose
Little Mister & Miss:
2) Carly McFarland & Bo Lester
1) Chelsey Lewis & Cameron Kelsey
W) Avery Sweet & Greyson Sweet
2) Makayla Smith
1) Sydney Muse
W) Emilie Piercy
2) Sara Grace Muse
1) Kelsay Rae Collins
W) Hailey Gregory
2) Andreona Dobbs
1) Kali Sloan
W) Taylor Parnell
Miss Wayne County
Miss Wayne County Fair
Wayne County Fair and Horse Show Motorcycle/ATV Results
Wayne County Fair and Horse Show
2015 Motorcycle/ATV Results
16 & over utility ATV
1st Matthew Shearer
2nd Landry Brown
3rd Zach Hicks
16 & over sport ATV
1st Landon Lovell
2nd Zach Hicks
3rd Matthew Shearer
11 yrs. & under ATV
1st Colton Baker
2nd Bryce Catron
3rd Kooper Gehring
2&4 stroke 125-250 Motorcycle
1st Gabe Dick
2nd Trevor Shelton
3rd Tyler Catron
Power Wheels All winners!
Chandler Rednour, Sophia Morrow, Jackson & Mason Chaplin, Josie Tucker
2&4 stroke 250-450cc Motorcycles
1st Zeb Davis
2nd Gabe Dick
3rd Trevor Shelton
2 & 4 stroke 80-110cc motorcycles
1st Kyler Slaven
2nd Braden Dean
3rd Brennan Chriswell
Side by Side
1st Travis Smith
2nd Josh Tucker
3rd Chris Bach
2&4 stroke 65-70cc motorcycles
1st Taylor Melton
2nd Alex Rose
3rd Haley Davis
Wayne County Fair and Horse Show Demo Night Results
Wayne County Fair and Horse Show
2015 Demo Night Results
1st Blain Jones
2nd Austin Coffey
3rd Aaron Savage
4th Robert Denney
Small Cars 1st Justin Denney
1st James Barnes
2nd Prentice Alley
3rd Wayne Laws
4th T. J. Shelton
1rst Joseph Patrick
2nd Edward Vaughn
3rd Cameron Hicks
4th Dustin Meadors
Lawn Mower Race
1st Jacob Smith
Lawn Mower Derby
1st Austin Dobbs
2nd Junior Cecil
3rd Byron Rains
4th Elton Passmore
5th Vernon Cecil
Wayne County Fair and Horse Show Western Horse Show Results
Local participants receiving awards are as follows:
Junior Horse Barrels (Horse is 5 years & under)- 1st place Donald Burke
Junior Poles (Horse 5 years & under) – 2nd place Jerry Dunagan 4th place Donald Burke
Open Poles 3D – 3rd Division 1st place – Jerry Dunagan 3rd Division 3rd place - Donald Burke
Open Barrels 4D – 1st Division 4th place – Lincoln Burke 4th Division 2nd place – Nicholas Gregory
Wayne County Fair and Horse Show Pet Show Results
Wayne County Fair and Horse Show - 2015
Pet Show Results
June 27, 2015
More traffic shifts to occur on KY 914 in Pulaski County Monday
The completion is nearing for the construction work on the widening of the Somerset Southeast Bypass (KY 914). Crews have completed laying surface on the newly constructed eastbound driving lanes allowing traffic to be shifted onto the lanes next week.
On Monday, July 6, eastbound KY 914 traffic will be shifted from the current driving lanes onto the newly constructed lanes.
Motorists are reminded that speed limits are currently reduced along KY 914 to 45 mph and when approaching KY 914 at intersections to be sure and stop behind marked stop bars. Drivers are encouraged to pay close attention to signage throughout the work zone.
Lane closures, lane restrictions as well as flaggers and construction personnel working in close proximity to traffic flow should be expected. Appropriate caution is required. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.
Hinkle Contracting Company, LLC is the prime contractor for the $15.5 million project. Work is expected to be completed by August 1. The duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destinations.
Dial 511 or log onto http://511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.
SBDM Council Meeting At Central Office Tuesday, June 30th
Walker Early Learning Center's Site Base Decision Making Council will hold
a special called meeting Tuesday, June 30th at 8AM at the Wayne County
Board of Education's board room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss
principal applicants and possibly make a recommendation to the Supt for
the hiring of a principal for Walker Early Learning Center.
E911 Board Meets For Lengthly Session Monday, June 22nd
The Monticello Wayne County E911 Board met in regular session on Monday,
June 22nd with Bubby Corder, Sheriff Tim Catron, Wayne Conn, Police Chief Ralph Miniard and Tom Simmons present. A motion was made to go into executive session and begin the interviewing process of E911 employees.
Following an approximate four and a half hour executive session and short discussion - Police Chief Ralph Miniard made a motion that the board give
a vote of confidence and to fully support the Director and Assistant Director
to continue on with the duties at the 911 Center. The motion was seconded
by Wayne Conn and all members present voted in favor.
Motorcycle Accident Claims Life Of Wayne County Teacher
A Wayne County Middle School teacher died after crashing her motorcycle
in Morgan County, Tennessee Monday, June 22nd.
60 year old Karen Grinnell of Whitley City was killed after losing control
of her motorcycle while rounding a curve and hitting a guardrail on
Highway 27 in Sunbright - that’s according to an investigation by the
Tennessee Highway Patrol. Grinnell was reportedly wearing a helmet
at the time of the accident.
Action Taken In Wayne Circuit Court News Tuesday, June 23rd
A status hearing for Ian Miller resulted in his trial date being moved
from December to November 16th through the 20th. Miller is charged
with Murder in the shooting death of Gavin Thompson.
James Rigney was sentenced to a total of ten years for Arson,
Burglary, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Theft By Unlawful
Taking. The ten years was probated to 5 years, supervised release.
Amanda Gowin received one year for Promoting Contraband and thirty
days for Contempt of Court.
T.J. Kidd will serve 180 days of a 7 year sentence for two counts of
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance - the balance of the sentence
is to probated for five years
and Clint Brummett received a three year sentence for Possession
of Controlled Substances. The three years was probated to
5 years supervised release.
In other court news …a pretrial hearing for John Fawcett on multiple
counts of sodomy, rape and incest was reset for July 21st.
Wayne County Woman Arrested On Multiple Charges
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - Deputy Travis Bell arrested
Leslie Huff of Monticello on Friday, June 19th on an Indictment for Trafficking
in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2 counts - Trafficking in a Controlled
Substance, 1st Degree, 1 count - Trafficking in Marijuana less than 5 pounds,
Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, 2 counts - Possession of a
Defaced Firearm - Promoting Contraband 1st Degree and also for a warrant
for Failure to Complete a Rehab as ordered. Huff was lodged in the Wayne
County Detention Center.
Foot Pursuit Leads To Arrest By Wayne County Sheriff's Dept
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron - Deputy's Cody Neal
and Jason Phillips arrested Irvin Southwood on Friday, June 19th at a
residence on Highway 1009 South after a foot pursuit.
Southwood was arrested on several warrants of arrest; for six counts
of Burglary 3rd Degree, six counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking, one
count each of Absconding Parole Supervision, Use of a Controlled
Substance, Failure to Report to Parole Officer as directed, Persistent
Felony Offender, Criminal Trespassing 2nd Degree and Escape 3rd
Degree. Southwood was lodged in the Wayne County Detention
Five Individuals Arrested Thursday By The Sheriff's Dept
According to a news release from Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron,
on Thursday, June 18th at approximately 8:18PM - Deputy Travis Bell
issued a traffic stop on North Main Street after identifying the driver of
the vehicle as having an outstanding warrant.
Chancie Pyles was arrested on a Bail Bond Release warrant. Three
passengers - Rocky Dishman was arrested on a warrant for non
payment of fines and Jacob Dishman was arrested on a warrant for
Failure to Appear. After a search of the vehicle - Chancie Pyles,
Rocky Dishman, Jacob Dishman and Anthony Rigney - all of Monticello
were charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree.
Three different types of drugs, narcotics and cash were seized. All four
were lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. The investigation
The Sheriff's Dept also reports that on Thursday, June 18th - Deputy
Cody Neal issued a traffic stop on East KY 90, after identifying a
passenger in the vehicle as having outstanding warrants.
Shawn Young of Monticello was arrested on warrants for Theft by
Unlawful Taking, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, No Operator's License,
Leaving the Scene of an Accident and for a Parole warrant for being
an Absconder. Upon Young's arrest - he was also charged with
Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a
Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree and Tampering with Physical
Evidence. Young was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Former Wayne County Law Enforcement Officer Arrested
A former Wayne County Deputy and former Monticello Police officer was
arrested early on Wednesday, June 17th by State Police
37 year old Micah Morrow was arrested at 2:13AM Wednesday for Operating
a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, 1st Degree … Possession of
a Radio that sends and receives police messages and Escape, 3rd Degree.
He was also served with an EPO (Emergency Protective Order).
Morrow was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center and later
released. The investigation is continuing.
Three Individuals Arrested On Drug And Other Charges
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports that Daniel D. McGuire of Hwy
789, Monticello was arrested Tuesday, June 16th by Deputy Sharkley Stonewall after a traffic stop. McGuire was arrested for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked Drivers License. He was also arrested on Wayne County warrants for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree
(Heroin) two counts, Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Theft by Failure
to Make Required Disposition of Property and Contempt of Court.
Tracy Kidd of Morris Hill Road was arrested Monday, June 15th on a
Pulaski County warrant for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin)
by Deputy Cody Neal.
Don L. Hollars of Second Street, Monticello was arrested Sunday, June
14th, after a traffic stop by Deputy Travis Bell. Hollars was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Non-payment of Fines and Failure to Appear. McGuire, Kidd
and Hollars were all lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
Wayne County Supt. Wayne Roberts gets four year contract
The Wayne County Board of Education conducted an evaluation of Supt Wayne Roberts during last night's meeting. Roberts received exemplary ratings from the board. He received a new four- year contract from the board which includes an annual salary of $120,000 with retirement.
Roberts was hired as Wayne County Superintendent in 2014 on a one-year contract with an annual salary of $100,000.
Also during the meeting, the board approved several change orders related to the middle school construction project. The changes resulted in a credit of approximately $106,000. The board then awarded three bid packages that they had reserved action on earlier this year, which will total approximately $92,260. These packages were for ceramic tile, resilient flooring and laminate clad and science casework.
Work is underway on the project which will add eight classrooms to the middle school.
The school board recognized all retiring staff members in the district during the meeting. They included, Patricia Abbott, Eula Irene Ballou, Patty Bell. Connie Burks, Loretta Crabtree, Gina Dishman, Sheila Foster, Susan Hammond, Jill Massengale, Janet McGinnis, Kathie Mercer, Joey Neal, Rhonda Patton, Leta Pyles, Teresa Rankin, Ruby Rednour, A.P. Sexton, Lee Winchester, and Rodney Woods.
Long time Wayne County Coach Rodney Woods retires
Long-time Wayne County boys basketball coach Rodney Woods has retired, according to an announcement made during a meeting of the Wayne County Board of Education during a meeting on Monday evening.
Woods has been at Wayne County for 29 years and has received statewide recognition on numerous occasions throughout his coaching career and has been named Kentucky Coach of the Year twice. He has taken the Wayne County boys basketball program to the State Tournament nine times in his career, including a state runner-up finish in 1989.
Woods also serves as the school district's athletic director. During the meeting last night, the board voted to change that position from full-time to part time for the next school year and to create a new position for an associate athletic director, which would also be part-time.
Superintendent Wayne Roberts said that the vacant coaching position, as well as the athletic director positions will be posted.
Second Drug Roundup In Pulaski County Targets Heroin Dealers
On Monday, June 15th - the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office conducted
their second county wide drug roundup. The operation was centered
around individuals trafficking in heroin - and three of the individuals
were considered high level dealers.
At dawn - officers from various agencies started their search for 18
individuals wanted on 33 charges. A four month undercover
investigation by the Narcotics Division of the Pulaski County Sheriff's
Office resulted in the District Court Warrants being issued.
Below is a list of individuals involved and charges against them in
this latest drug roundup. Citizens with knowledge of the whereabouts
of any of the listed individuals or information concerning illegal drug
activity are encouraged to notify the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office
or local law enforcement.
E911 Board To Interview All 911 Employees Separately
Following a special called meeting of the E911 Board on Friday, June
12th – each Monticello Wayne County 911 employee will be
interviewed individually and separately.
All but one E911 board member was present for the special called
meeting. Bubby Corder relinquished his activities as Chairman of
the Board for Friday's meeting, and Chief of Police Ralph Miniard
acted as Chairman and facilitated the meeting.
The board went into an executive session to discuss personnel matters.
The closed session lasted approximately an hour and twenty minutes
and upon the meeting’s return to an open session – Sheriff Tim Catron
then made a motion which was seconded by Wayne Conn for the E911
Board to interview each 911 employee individually and separately.
Another meeting will be scheduled at a later date for the interviewing
process and eleven 911 employees will be interviewed.
Sheriff's Dept And Task Force Conduct Drug Investigation
On Thursday, June 11th - Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reported
that the Sheriff's Dept and Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force
combined their separate drug investigations against Jason and Misty
Daniels of Cooper View Road in Wayne County.
The combined investigations resulted in four counts of Trafficking in
a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree against Misty Daniels and three
counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree against
Jason Daniels. The charges resulted in both the Wayne County
Sheriff's Office and Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force filing
liens against the real estate and personal property owned by the
accused individuals. The Wayne County and Commonwealth
Attorney offices assisted in the case.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Makes Three Arrests
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron and Deputy's Travis Bell and Jerry
Coffey responded to 105 Barrier Street in Monticello Thursday night
around 10:50PM on a complaint of individuals living in the residence,
at that address, after the property owner stated no one should be
living there. Three individuals from Monticello were arrested at the
Raymond West was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance,
1st Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lyndsey Cook was
arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Dakota Foster was
arrested on a warrant for non-payment of fines. Sheriff Catron reports
that substances believed to be illegal drugs were seized and they have
been sent to the Kentucky State Police Lab for testing. Additional
charges are pending the test results.
Wayne Fiscal Court Approves Budget For New Fiscal Year
The Wayne Fiscal Court met Thursday, June 11th and approved the budget
for the 2015 - 2016 Fiscal Year. The budget for the next year totals approximately $9.9 million in the general fund, $2 million in the road fund
and $2.1 million in the jail fund.
The budget includes some pay raises, including a minimum ten cents per
hour cost of living increase. There have also been increases made in the
beginning pay for deputy jailers and EMTs and paramedics.
This budget includes funding for two additional deputies for the sheriff's
department and also includes paying for half the cost of a school resource
officer for the local school system.
Also during the meeting, the court approved hiring Peggy Bertram as an
administrative assistant. She will be in charge of purchase orders for
the county, as well as document management. She will begin in the
next fiscal year.
Sheriff's Dept Conducting Identity Theft Investigation
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports that a search warrant was
executed on Tuesday, June 9th at a residence on Riley Road. The
search warrant was issued in reference to an identity theft investigation
conducted by Deputy Sharkley Stonewall - who was assisted by Sheriff
Catron, Deputy Jason Phillips and Lake Cumberland Task Force Agent
Property Purchased By City To Serve The Utility Commission
Three hundred thousand dollars worth of property purchased by the City
of Monticello on Columbia Avenue will serve as a shop and inventory storage area for the Utility Commission.
Monticello Utility Commission members met for their regular monthly session Friday, June 5th and Manager Scott Upchurch informed those in attendance that the City of Monticello had purchased 911 and 1011 West Columbia Avenue.
The two buildings consisting of 15 thousand square feet will be used by
the Utility Commission service crew as a shop and inventory storage
area. The service crew will begin their move to the Columbia Avenue location July 1st and the old shop will be for sale, once the move is completed.
The former Bell’s Carpet property, owned by David Alley was purchased
for 100 thousand dollars … the Bell’s Diesel building was bought by the
City of Monticello for 200 thousand. During Friday afternoon’s Utility Commission meeting - members also voted on and approved a 2.5%
yearly employee pay increase.
Monticello City Council Meets And Approves 2016 Budget
The Monticello City Council met in regular session Monday, June 8th and
approved the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget. It's similar to the budget the
City is currently operating under and the general fund totals approximately
$2.3 million dollars.
The council hear the first reading of the budget ordinance during a special
meeting June 3rd. The budget for next year includes a city employee pay
raise of approximately one percent.
Also during the meeting, the council reviewed the audit report for fiscal
year 2014, as presented by Barry Daulton. Daulton gave the city an
"unmodified" opinion, which is the highest that can be rendered in an
audit. He noted that there were no problems or deficiencies found in the
Pulaski County Gambling Operations Dismantled Overnight
Overnight Sunday night, June 7th ... law enforcement officers, led by
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck began a county wide dismantling
of gambling operations at several locations in Pulaski County.
The Sheriff and his deputies were assisted by Kentucky State Troopers
and officers from Somerset, Burnside, Science Hill, Ferguson and Eubank
Police Departments, as well as Fish and Wildlife officers and Constable
Mike Wallace. The officers formed multi-agency teams serving
search warrants in surprise raids on seven Pulaski County locations.
Sixty three gambling machines, bookkeeping ledgers and thousands
of dollars were confiscated by Pulaski County officials as a result
of undercover investigations into illegal gambling activities since
County Judge Executive Meets With Manufacturing Companies
Wayne County Judge Executive Mike Anderson hosted a meeting on Friday,
June 5th with local manufacturing companies concerning a program that
will allow student employees to participate in an Association Degree
program. Belden and American Woodmark management attended, along
with some members of the Work Ready Communities team.
The program allows individuals to earn an associate degree in five
semesters. Wayne County was selected along with Pulaski, Laurel and
Russell County to be on the ground floor within our area.
Public Asked To Help Provide Info About Accident On East KY 90
According to a news release from Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, Friday
June 5th, Deputy Cody Neal responded to a one vehicle injury accident on
East KY 90.
One male age 35 was flown from the scene to UK Medical Center. The
investigation is ongoing and Sheriff Catron is asking for any information
the public can provide to the investigation. If anyone saw the incident or
the vehicle prior to the collision - contact the Sheriff's Office by calling
Monticello woman dies in Clinton County auto accident
Trooper Jason Warinner is investigating a collision that occurred Wednesday at 12:54 PM CST at the intersection of US 127 & KY 558. 83-year-old Mary Swope, of Monticello, was operating a westbound 2000 Acura on KY 558 when she attempted to turn left onto US 127. She turned into the path and was struck by a northbound 2008 Ford on US 127, operated by 59-year-old Wanda Patton, of Alpha KY. Swopes vehicle was also struck by a second car, a northbound 2013 Ford, operated by 19-year-old Joshua Bell of Somerset.
Swope was transported to the Clinton County Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Patton and a passenger, 46-year-old Sylvia Crosby, of Monticello, was transported to the Clinton County Hospital. Bell was not injured. All drivers and passengers were belted
Largest Senior Class to Graduate Friday at Wayne County
Thursday was the last day of classes for the current School year at Wayne County Schools.
Graduation ceremonies will be held for the Class of 2015, the largest graduating class ever at Wayne County Schools, Friday at 7:00 PM ET. A total of 226 seniors will graduate Friday night.
Unemployment in Wayne County drops to 7.2% in April 2015
Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between April 2014 and April 2015, but rose in Union County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Wayne County’s April 2015 unemployment rate was 7.2% compared to 10.8% for April 2014. The unemployment rate was much lower despite more people working a year ago compared to April 2015. The Workforce Cabinet said 6,375 people had jobs in Wayne County in April 2015, compared to 6,331 in April 2015. The overall workforce in the County has dropped from 7,144 in April 2014 to 6,821 in April 2015.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.4 percent.
Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate - 12.5 percent.
State Police Investigating Triple Fatality In Wayne County
According to a news release from the State Police Post at London - on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at approximately 4:12 AM Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London was notified by the Wayne County 911 Center of a residential structure fire with three subjects located inside deceased at
the Ridgewood trailer Court in Monticello.
The Monticello Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:56 AM and discovered the victims after extinguishing the flames.
The victims were identified as Hobert Piercy, 66, of Monticello, Laurina Piercy, 54, of Monticello and James Piercy, 36, of Monticello.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time but no foul play is suspected and no autopsies will be performed.
KSP Post 11 Detective Tracy Haynes is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by KSP Arson Investigator Detective Brian Lewis KSP Detective John Barnett, Monticello Fire Department, Wayne County EMS, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Monticello Police Department.
Wayne County Coroners says three people dead following Sunday morning fire
Press release from Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks:
At app. 4:35 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2015 the Wayne County Coroner’s Office was asked to respond to a residence fire with fatalities in the Monticello Trailer Park off Ridgewood Avenue in the city limits of Monticello.
Upon our arrival at app. 5:02 a.m. the Coroner’s Office was informed that 3 adult victims of the fire had been located. Pronounced dead at the scene were 68 year old Hobart Piercy, 55 year old Laurina Piercy, and 37 year old James Piercy. All were residents of the home.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway by KSP Fire Investigators and Detectives. Local emergency responders include Monticello Police Department, Monticello Fire Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, and Wayne County EMS.
A preliminary investigation does not indicate foul play at this time, and cause of death appears to be smoke inhalation. However, the investigation is still ongoing.
Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Eight Individuals Tuesday
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, May 19th for their regular
monthly session and indictments were filed on eight individuals in the
Wayne 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
WFLW Celebrating 60 Years On Air Today
WFLW-AM 1360 is celebrating 60 years on air today. WFLW first went on the air May 19, 1955 at 250 watts on the frequency of 1570 on the AM dial.
The original staff consisted of James Schacklette, Charlene Conley, Harold Rogers (who is current US Congressman), Welby Hoover, Nancy Roberts, Katy Lou Jones (Rector), Ed Brandon, Jack Cooper, Howard York, Maurice Worsham, Reid Hucaby, and Bob Fairchild.
The station was purchased shortly after going on air by Fred Staples, and has owned and operated by three generations of the Staples family since that time. Current Engineer Bruce Correll is the longest term employee at WFLW, currently going on 53 years. The late Eddie Neal was on air from 1960 to the summer of 2009.
Other early on air personalities included Carl Story and Sid Martin. Early hosts of the 1360 Club included Don “the Kat” Whitaker, Jerry Gibson, TG Moore, Jerry Elam, John Back, Sam Rankin and others.
Some programming on WFLW has aired for most of the 60 years on air, including the daily 7:45 local news, the Baptist Hour, the Church of Christ Bible Student Program, and the weekly Message of Truth Program from the Jesus Name Church.
The Jack Shearer Insurance Agency is the longest running advertiser on WFLW sponsoring the 7:45 Local News for over 50 years.
Let us say thanks to you for listening all these years, thanks to the many advertisers, and we look forward to bringing you even more positive programming in the future, as we have for the past 60 years.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Makes Two Arrests
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron ... on Thursday, May 14th
Deputy Travis Bell arrested 36 year old Tommy West of Monticello on
two warrants for six counts of Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000
dollars, one count of Receiving Stolen Property under $500 dollars. The
arrest warrant was issued after Deputy Cody Neal investigated the theft
of items taken from Monticello Tool and Die. It was found that West had
sold the items at a Recycling Center. He was lodged in the Wayne County
Detention Center on a five thousand dollar cash or two times property
On Friday, May 15th - Deputy Cody Neal served an arrest warrant on 27
year old Matthew Brown of Monticello - currently an inmate at the Wayne
County Detention Center for Promoting Contraband, 1st degree when
he allegedly knowingly took a cell phone into the detention center and
tried to conceal it from deputy jailers. Brown is lodged in the Wayne
County Detention Center on a twenty five hundred dollar cash bond
or two times property.
Wayne County Fiscal Court Meets For Regular Session
The Wayne County Fiscal Court met in regular session Thursday, May
14th and authorized Judge Executive Mike Anderson to obtain an
appraisal of the Recycling Center, as the county begins the process
of purchasing the building. The county currently rents the building at
a cost of $800 per month. Over time, they would save money with
the purchase of the property.
Also during the meeting, the court authorized Anderson to sign the
easement for the Young Farm Road bridge replacement project. The
easement for the new bridge will increase from 30 feet to 40 feet.
Magistrates heard the first reading of the budget ordinance for the
Fiscal Year 2016. The total of all funds being approximately 9.9
million dollars. The second reading of the ordinance will be held
during the next meeting.
Arrests By Wayne County Sheriff's Dept May 8th - 10th
According to a news release from Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron ...
on Friday, May 8th - Deputy Jason Phillips arrested 44 year old Tommy
L. Atkinson of Monticello on a Wayne County Circuit Court bench
warrant fro Failure to Pay and a District Court Bench warrant for
Failure to Pay. Atkinson was lodged in the Wayne County Detention
Center fon a 3600 hundred dollar cash bond.
On Saturday, May 9th - Deputy Travis Bell arrested 37 year old
Shawn D. Sexton of Monticello on a Clinton County warrant for
Assault, 2nd degree and a Wayne County District Court Warrant
for Failure to Pay. Sexton was lodged in the Wayne County
Detention Center with no bond.
On Saturday, May 9th - Deputy Travis Bell arrested 37 year old
Katrina Sexton on a Wayne County Circuit Family Court warrant
for Failure to Pay. Sexton was lodged in the Wayne County
On Sunday, May 10th - Deputy Cody Neal initiated a traffic stop
on North Main Street and arrested 24 year old Justin Hunley of
Monticello on a Circuit Cour indictment warrant for Kidnapping
(adult) and Assault 2nd degree, Domestic Violence. Hunley
was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center on a 100
thousand dollar cash bond.
On Sunday, May 10th - Deputy Travis Bell arrested 31 year old
Scott Jennings of Monticello on a Parole Violation warrant and
three District Court warrants for Failure to Pay. Jennings was
convicted of Flagrant Non Support and Manufacturing Meth 1st,
and violated the terms of his parole for Absconding Parole
Supervision and Failure to Attend Treatment for Substance
Abuse. Jennings was lodged in the Wayne County Detention
Center with no bond on the parole violation.
On Sunday, May 10th - Deputy Travis Bell arrested 26 year old
Matthew Brown of Monticello for Criminal Mischief and Theft by
Unlawful Taking when Deputy Bell was dispatched to 2847 Hwy
167 and Brown was allegedly found removing items from the
property without the owners consent. Brow was also arrested
on a Parole Violation warrant along with a District Court warrant
for Failure to Pay. Brown had been convicted of Trafficking in a
Controlled Substance, 1st degree and violated the terms of his
parole by Absconding Parole Supervision. He was lodged in
the Wayne County Detention Center with no bond on the parole
Wayne County Sheriff Warns Residents Of A Scam
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron would like to make county residents
aware of a scam that's been reported. The caller reportedly represents
themselves as being from the Internal Revenue Service. They will say
that they're doing an extended audit and an arrest warrant will be
issued if payment is not make to them immediately. The phone number
will show up on caller id as a toll free number orit could also show up
as a local law enforcement phone number, even though the call is being
placed from some where else. The IRS only communicates by mail and
never by phone. Do not give any personal or credit card information
over the phone.
Monticello City Council meets
Monticello City Council met last night (Monday) and authorized Mayor Jeffrey Edwards to proceed with the purchase of two pieces of property. Specific details regarding the location of the property was not disclosed, since negotiations for the real estate is ongoing. Edwards did note that the property will be used for a maintenance facility for the Monticello Utility Commission.
The action came following a short executive session, where the council discussed a real estate matter as well as a personnel matter.
Council members were updated regarding plans for the Third Thursday Summer Concert Series. Edwards said plans are being finalized for Third Thursday in downtown Monticello. He said concerts are planned for June, July and August and will be expanded to include more than one musical act. A specific schedule will be announced soon.
Also during last night's meeting, the council approved a resolution regarding the Workforce Investment Board. They also heard the first reading of an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2015 budget.
Bowling Green Pretrial Conference For Leland Neal June 8th
According to the Warren Circuit Court Clerks Office - a pretrial conference
has been set for June 8th at 1PM for Leland B Neal, Jr. in connection with
the 1998 death of his estranged wife, Carol Neal.
Neal, a former Wayne Countian faces a murder charge in connection with
Carol Neal's death. He was brought back to Bowling Green from Mexico
after authorities there discovered a murder warrant for his arrest last year
and contacted US officials.
Carol Neal's body has never been found, but in 2003, hikers in McCreary
County found a portion of a skull on Parker's Mountain inside the Daniel
Boone National Forest. Forensic tests reportedly confirmed the skull was
Two From Monticello Airlifted From Accident In Albany
According to the State Police Post at Columbia - Trooper Brian Gibson
is investigating a collision that occurred Wednesday, May 6th at 1:23PM
East of the US 127 Bypass on KY 90. 26 year old Derrick Patton of
Liberty was operating an eastbound 2011 Ford truck when he stopped
to make a left hand turn and was struck in the rear by a 2004 Pontiac
operated by 22 year old Carols Perez of Monticello.
Perez and a passenger, 20 year old Christina Perez of Monticello was
not belted and were flown from the scene to UK Medical Center.
Another passenger, 1 year old Juan Perez, who was in a child restraint
was transported to Clinton County Hospital and treated for minor
injuries. Patton was belted and not injured. Gibson was assisted at the
scene by the Clinton County Sheriff's Dept.
Action In Wayne Circuit Court On Fawcett's - Rigney - Miller
In Wayne Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 5th - pretrial conferences were
set for June 9th for John R. Fawcett and Jacqueline Cooper Fawcett who
were indicted April 21st on 12 counts each in reqards to a child under
the age of twelve.
During a pretrial conference for James Rigney - Rigney's sentencing
was set for June 23rd. The court recommended sentences on each
of four counts in connection with a fire at the Wayne County Attorney's
Office. The sentences are to run concurrent for a total of ten years to
serve - the time to be probated with supervised release for five years,
and Rigney is to also be released from home incarceration.
Ian Miller's murder trial in connection with the shooting death of Gavin
Thompson was set for December 16th - 18th. Miller's pretrial conference
was scheduled for June 9th.
Monticello Utility Commission Meets For Regular Session
The Monticello Utility Commission met for their regular monthly session
on Friday, May 8th. With all members present and following a ten minute executive session … they reported losing over 149 thousand dollars
during the month of April.
In the financial report … it was reported that the Utility Commission lost
149,077 dollars in April … that included 117 thousand in the water dept
… 23,000 plus in the sewage dept and 8500 in the garbage dept.
The Utility Commission discussed looking at the upcoming budget to be
presented to the City Council and possibly raising some fees.
Wayne County Tennis finishes as Region Runnerup
The Wayne County Tennis Team performed well at regional competition over the weekend at Berea. In fact, it was their highest team score ever with the boys winning 9 matches placing second in a field of 15 school districts. The Cardinals had three players qualify for the upcoming State Tennis Tournament in Lexington; Corbin Kirksey in singles, and the doubles team of Carson Staples and Mathew Gregory.
Wayne County Coroner Releases Names Of Victims
At approximately 6PM on Friday, May 1st, the Wayne County Coroners
Office responded to a fatality traffic accident on West KY 90 approximately
two to three miles from the Monticello City Limits.
Upon the Coroners arrival at approximately 6:20PM - the Coroner was informed that the accident involved a full size pickup pulling a work
trailer and a Chrysler four door sedan.
The sedan was apparently traveling West on KY 90 and collided with the
pickup truck traveling East toward Monticello. The Coroner was also
informed there was a many as six fatalities as a result of the crash.
The deceased persons were all members of the same family. Pronounced
dead at the scene were 41 year old Tena Proctor, 25 year old Sarah Elizabeth (Audrey) Ellis, 12 year old Nathan Proctor, 4 year old Christian (Red) Barnhouse, 2 year old Zoe Bertram and 17 month old Jace Bertram.
Mrs. Procter was the mother of Mrs. Ellis and Mr. Proctor and the grandmother of the three young children.
Due to the number of deceased persons and size of the area to be investigated - Coroner Forrest Hicks requested assistance from the Kentucky Coroner Medical Examiner Response Team. Members of that team arrived shortly after 8PM and assisted the Wayne County Coroners Office with the scene til 1:30 Saturday morning.
Numerous local, county and state officials responded. Monticello Police Officers, Monticello Fire Dept, Wayne County EMS, Rescue Squad, Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police and Highway Dept. Offers of assistance came from adjoining counties and agencies as well. Autopsies are being scheduled at the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort.
UPDATE: Two Adults And Four Children Killed On KY 90
The Kentucky State Police investigation has determined that a 1999
Chrysler Cirrus passenger car with six occupants was traveling West
bound on KY 90.
The passenger car for some unknown reason crossed the center lane
and struck a 2001 Dodge pickup that was traveling East bound on KY
90. Both occupants of the Dodge pickup were transported to hospitals
All six occupants of the Chrysler including two adults and four children
were pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner.
More information will be forthcoming as no identities of the victims
have been released at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
Two Vehicle Accident On West KY 90 Claims Six Lives
A two vehicle accident on West KY 90 Friday, May 1st claimed the lives
of six individuals - two adults and four children.
According to the Kentucky State Police Post at London - at approximately
5:50PM, Friday evening - State Police Officers responded to a vehicle
collision located on KY 90, about three and a half miles West of
Monticello in Wayne County.
KY 90 was closed overnight Friday night as officers reconstructed the
two vehicle collision in which a passenger car and pickup truck collided.
Three adults and four children were dead at the scene and two adults
were transported to the hospital for medical care. The identities of the
victims have not been released at this time. KY 90 reopened this
Growing Season Underway - Pot Plants Seized And Destroyed
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division located and destroyed
32 marijuana lants off Highway 1956 in Eastern Pulaski County. The street
value of 32 mature plants could reach sixty thousand dollars.
Now that outside activities are underway - everyone is encouraged to be cautious when hiking or camping in rural locations. If you suspect that you have encountered marijuana plants or other illegal drug activity, leave the
area undisturbed, remember the location and notify local law enforcement
or contact the nearest 911 Communications Center.
Wayne County Man Arrested On Sealed Indictment
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Dept arrested Dustin Burchett on a sealed
indictment on Tuesday, April 28th. Burchett was lodged in the Wayne
County Detention Center on a five thousand dollar cash bond or two
Burchett was indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury April 21st for
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st degree for allegedly selling
meth to a confidential informant in September of 2014.
Illegal Gambling Machines seized in Taylor County
Detectives from the Kentucky State Police, assisted by officers from the Campbellsville Police Department, seized over $2000.00 in currency and 11 gambling machines from the Rack n Cue Pool Room on Tuesday, April 28 at approximately 5:39 PM EDT. The pool room is located at 207 South Columbia Ave. in the limits of Campbellsville.
Investigators were responding to an illegal gambling tip and developed information that led to the issuance of a search warrant. No arrests were made but the investigation is ongoing and charges are expected.
WC Sheriff's Office issue scam alert
Sheriff Tim Catron would like to make the residents of Wayne County aware of a scam that has been reported this week. The caller will represent themselves to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They will say that they are doing an extended audit and an arrest warrant has been issued if payment is not made. The caller will also give a legitimate telephone number to call back. The IRS only communicates by mail and never by telephone. Any time you are called..please do not give out any personal information or credit card information over the telephone.
Second Request For Shock Probation By Pruitt Denied
A final order denying a second successive motion for shock probation
for Jimmy Pruitt was filed Friday, April 24th in the Wayne Circuit Court
According to the order – Pruitt was involved in an organized and
sophisticated criminal enterprise responsible for thefts involving
hundreds of thousands of dollars. Circuit Judge David Tapp signed
off on the order stating that the Court concluded that Pruitt’s latest
motion for shock probation was improper, because nothing new
existed. Tapp’s conclusion – Pruitt’s criminal scheme was significant
and the sentencing was appropriate.
Eleven Indicted By Wayne County Grand Jury Tuesday
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, April 21st and indictments
on eleven individuals were filed 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.
Fiscal Court Takes Action On Young Farm Bridge Replacement
The Wayne Fiscal Court met Tuesday, April 14th and took action regarding
the Young Farm Bridge replacement project. During last months meeting,
District Two Magistrate Jeff Dishman noted that the bridge has continued
to deteriorate, and that funding is available to replace the bridge.
During Tuesday night's meeting, the court approved the scope of services
for the project and the design costs estimate. Magistrates also approved
the agreement between the owner, which is the Wayne Fiscal Court and
the engineer for the project. State funds are available to fund the
majority of this bridge replacement project.
Authorities Recover Truck Tractor And John Deere Tractor
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Office Chris McQueen arrested two
men in Laurel County for allegedly stealing two commercial vehicles
- one of the truck tractor belonging to Ramsey Farms of Monticello.
In speaking with McQueen on Tuesday, April 14th - McQueen was
initially called to a speeding complaint involving a tractor trailer, and
pulled over the vehicle which resulted in several violations, including
a missing license plate on the trailer and an altered VIN number.
When officers ran information on the truck - they discovered the
trailer belonged to Hinkle Contracting and had been stolen about a
month ago from a work site in Leslie County.
39 year old James M. Morris and his passenger, 36 year old Jerry W.
Bowling was arrested for numerous commercial vehicle violations,
as well as obscuring the identity of a machine and receiving stolen
property, over ten thousand dollars.
After investigating further, officers went to Morris' home on Cole
Road and recovered a second stolen commercial vehicle - a 1991
Freightliner truck tractor belonging to Ramsey Farms of Monticello.
The investigation is ongoing and Vehicle Enforcement is being
assisted by the Wayne County Sheriff's Dept.
Morgan County, Tennessee authorities recovered a stolen John
Deere tractor on Monday, April 13th that had been stolen from a
Wayne County farm earlier this month.
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept Investigates Shooting
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reported on Tuesday, April 14th at 3:56PM
his office responded to 497 Old Bethel Road on West 92 in Wayne County
where a male was found shot sitting in a car. 57 year old Robert Southwood
had pulled into a neighbors driveway and stated to the neighbor that he had
been shot. Wayne County's EMS transported Southwood to Wayne County
Hospital and he was then airlifted to UK Medical Center. The investigation
is continuing by the Sheriff's Dept.
Monticello City Council Approves Resolution At Special Session
Monticello City Council met in regular session on Monday, April
13th and approved a resolution that would allow the city police
department to enact inter local agreements with Clinton County,
Pulaski County and Somerset.
When the agreements are in place, they will give Monticello Police
officers enforcement powers in these jurisdictions. The agreements
will be beneficial to the department in any situation where a local
case or investigation moves into the other county. Instead of waiting
for an officer from that jurisdiction to make an arrest, city police
officers can move ahead with the action.
Monticello Police Chief Ralph Miniard said he is also working with
McCreary County in regard to a similar inter local agreement.
The Wayne County Sheriff's Department has similar inter local
agreements in place with all surrounding counties.
Case Against Cox Bound To Wayne County Grand Jury
A preliminary hearing was held Monday, April 13th for 53 year old Gary
Cox in Wayne District Court. Judge James Lawson found probable cause
on the Unlawful Imprisonment and Wanton Endangerment charges – and
bound the case over the Grand Jury. A pretrial hearing was set for 1PM
on May 27th. Cox’ bond will remain at 50,000 dollars cash as set by the
court due to danger to himself and others. He remains lodged in the
Wayne County Detention Center. Cox was arrested April 3rd after a well
being check on his 72 year old mother on Ramsey Street.
Man Accused Of Sexual Abuse Apprehended In Florida
A man accused of sexually abusing an 8 year old Wayne County girl
has been in arrested in Florida for Possession or Use of Narcotic
John Fawcett is currently being held without bond in the Bay County Jail
in Panama City, Florida. John's wife, Jacqueline, has already been
indicted for allegedly helping him abuse the child. It's unknown when
Fawcett will be brought back to Kentucky.
Pulaski County Drug Sting Nets 47 Indictments By Grand Jury
A drug roundup by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and various other
agencies has resulted in 47 indictments being handed down by Pulaski
County's Grand Jury.
42 individuals have been indicted for Trafficking in Controlled Substances,
2 persons for Cultivating Marijuana and 3 others for Possession of
The indictments include 24 individuals from Somerset, 10 from Burnside,
1 from Crab Orchard, 2 each from Nancy, Science Hill and Bronston, and
4 from Eubank.
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.
Pursuit By Sheriff's Department Ends In Lake Cumberland
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, on Friday, April 10th at
8:11PM, Wayne County deputies responded to a domestic complaint
taking place inside a vehicle between a male and female.
Deputy Jason Phillips located the vehicle on South Main and attempted
to make a traffic stop on the Monticello Bypass. The vehicle failed to
stop and a pursuit was initiated. Speeds reached 90 miles per hour on
East KY 90 into Pulaski County. Spike strips were deployed by a Pulaski
County Constable and the pursuit continued on to North 27, then on to
Old Waitsboro Road in the Burnside area. The operator drove the
vehicle into the water at the Waitsboro Boat Ramp. Both occupants
were able to exit the vehicle and swim to shore.
Wayne County deputies arrested Brian Lawson and lodged him in the
Wayne County Detention Center on Fleeing and Evading, 1st degree,
Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree and multiple traffic offenses.
Lawson was also charged on multiple warrants from LaRue, Pulaski
and Clinton counties. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office was assisted
by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Pulaski County Constable and
Kentucky State Police.
Rigney Found Competent Tuesday To Stand Trial
James Rigney has been found competent to stand trail. Paperwork
filed in the Wayne Circuit Clerks office Tuesday, April 7th, indicated
that a telephone conference was held with Doctor Wygant and Rigney
was found competent to stand trial. Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard
Junior set a pretrial conference for May 5th.
Rigney is charged with Arson, 2nd Degree – Burglary, 3rd Degree,
Tampering with Physical Evidence and Theft By Unlawful Taking in
connection with a fire allegedly set at the Wayne County Attorney’s
Update: Gary Cox Bond To Remain Same - Hearing Set
According to paperwork filed in the Wayne Circuit Clerk’s office on
Monday, April 6th - District Judge Scarlett Latham ruled that 53
year old Gary Cox’ bond be left at 50,000 dollars cash - due to risk,
harm to community and nature of the case.
A public defender was appointed to represent Cox, and a plea of not
guilty resulted in waiving his formal arraignment. A preliminary hearing
was set for Monday, April 13th at 1PM.
On Friday, April 3rd … the Wayne County Sheriff’s Dept charged Cox
with Unlawful Imprisonment, Wanton Endangerment and Cruelty to
Animals following a well being check on his mother, 72 year old Joan
Cox of Ramsey Street in Monticello.
Man Arrested For Unlawful Imprisonment And Other Charges
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reports that Friday, April 3rd, Wayne
County Deputies responded to 453 Ramsey Street in Monticello to
conduct a welfare status check on an elderly female that had missed
a critical doctors appointment for two weeks in a row.
Upon arrival, deputies found that the only entrance to the residence
had been padlocked from the outside. The deputies believed the
female was inside the residence and was in need of medical
attention. They then made a force able entry and found 72 year
old Joan Cox lying in a bed surrounded by several buckets filled
with urine and feces. Dead animals were also found in Cox's
bedroom, as well as other rooms in the residence. Deputies
contacted Wayne County EMS and Cox was transported to Lake
Cumberland Regional Hospital for medical treatment.
While deputies were still on the scene, 53 year old Gary Cox, the
caretaker of Joan Cox arrived. Deputies arrested Gary Cox and
charged him with Unlawful Imprisonment, 1st Degree - Wanton
Endangerment, 1st Degree and ten counts of Cruelty to Animals,
3nd Degree. He was lodged in the Wayne County Detention
Center. Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by Monticello Police, EMS
and Wayne County Emergency Management.
Extension District Board Approves Budget Plan Tuesday
The Extension District Board met Tuesday, March 31st at the Wayne
County Extension Office and approved their Budget Plan for the
2015 - 2016 Fiscal Year. The board also approved keeping this
year's tax rate, the same as last year's rate.
The Extension Budget totaled 902 thousand, 790 dollars. Sources of
income include 766 thousand, 456 dollars - the projected amount from
all taxes - real property, personal property and motor vehicle and
watercraft. Another 50 thousand dollars was anticipated from the
utility tax - along with 86 thousand, 334 dollars in reserve.
The 2015 Wayne County Extension Council also met Tuesday. The
2nd meeting of the evening was basically a recap of the District
Board meeting. County Judge Executive Mike Anderson addressed
those in attendance - the 2015 -16 budget approved earlier in the
evening was presented and discussions were also held about
future programming needs.
Jail Budget Made Available To Magistrates At Special Session
The Wayne Fiscal Court met for a special called meeting Tuesday, March
31st with County Judge Executive Mike Anderson and all magistrates
A copy of the Jail Budget for hte 2015 - 2016 Fiscal Year totaling two
million, one hundred sixty nine thousand, fifty five dollars was made
available to magistrates, with no action taken.
Three motions were made regarding personnel changes. Two part
time employees were hired full time. All magistrates were in favor
of hiring Gary Dobbs for full time maintenance at the EMS building
and Trevor Bertram as a full time employee at the Wayne County
Detention Center. Magistrates also voted in favor of authorizing
the County Judge Executive to hire a temporary full time employee
at $8.50 per hour to help with solid waste - then the meeting was
Lonnie Chaplin Hired As Parks and Recreation Director
Lonnie Chaplin has been hired as Parks and Recreation Director and will
oversee the operation of Memorial Park and the Aspire Center. Chaplin
was hired Thursday, March 26th during a special meeting of the Parks
and Recreation committee. Chaplin was one of four interviewed for the
position at a meeting held earlier in the week. His salary has been set
at $35,000 a year.
School Board Awards Bids For Middle School Project
The Wayne County Board of Education met in special session Thursday,
March 26th and awarded the bids for the middle school project, with the
exception of three bid packages.
Since the bids for the project came in higher than the original estimates
for the construction of the eight classroom addition, construction
managers recommended delaying the award of three bid packages til
later. This will allow work on the project to begin soon, and
construction management officials can work with contractors to try to
make cost saving changes. The total cost for the project is $3.2 million
The school board also approved the recommendation for the four year
facility plan, as presented by the local planning committee. The plan
identified needs at each facility within the district. The total district
facility needs was approximately $69 million dollars.
Interviews Conducted For Parks And Recreation Director
Interviews were conducted for the Monticello Wayne County Park
and Recreation Director’s position Monday, March 23rd at the
With all committee members present, a motion was made by Scott
Flynn and seconded by Bill McClellan to into an executive session for
the purpose of conducting interviews. The committee scheduled
interviews Monday afternoon and evening with four out of eleven
individuals who had applied for the Park and Recreation Director’s
position. Those four being … Anthony Reynolds, Lonnie Chaplin,
Bradley Askins and Austin Calahan. The meeting was solely to
Another special called meeting will be held Thursday, March 26th at
5PM at the Aspire Center. The purpose of the special session - an
executive session and to hire a Parks and Recreation Director.
Communty Telecom Members Meet And Discuss Upgrade
Dale Hancock presented information about internet and cable service in
Monticello and Wayne County. After review, it was clear that the current
technology requires an upgrade and the purchase of a new CMTS unit
When installed, the cable modem termination system is expected to
increase user bandwidth capacity, and allow up to 24 megabyte
broadband connections in some areas.
Reports will be presented about the upgrade process at the next meeting.
In other action - there was discussion on appointing a seventh member to
the board and a minor cleanup project was approved.
Wayne Public Library Board Discusses New Library
Library board members met Wednesday, March 18th and among the items
on the agenda were discussions about building the new library and funding
The committee decided to accept bids only from local banks to
fund construction of the new 15,000 square feet library. Discussions
were held on whether to choose a general contractor or construction
management service to oversee construction of the new library. A
decision was not made and a vote was postponed til a later - possibly
at their next meeting.
Consideration of a specially called meeting took place. If held, it's
purpose will be to review information from both the general contractor
and construction management prospects regarding costs, service and
possibly review preliminary plans of the new library. Members also
reviewed circulation reports and briefly spoke about changing the
library's hiring model and decor in the new library.
Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Twelve During March Meeting
The Wayne County Grand Jury met for their regular monthly session on
Tuesday, March 17th and indictments were filed on 12 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 School Board meets, amends calender
The Wayne County Board of Education met in regular session last night (Monday) and tentatively approved a proposal with Cumberland Family Medical for a school health plan for the 2015-2016 year. The plan would provide for a nurse at each school in the district next year, and would replace the plan that the district has utilized for the past several years through the Lake Cumberland District Health Department.
Superintendent Wayne Roberts said that nurses currently working through the health department at Wayne County Schools have been notified that they will not be employed after June 30. By moving ahead with this new proposal, those nurses can apply to keep their jobs and become employees of the district, school officials explained.
By tentatively approving the proposal, Roberts said the district can now work with Cumberland Family Medical, which is located in Adair County, to work out details that would result in a contract for the next school year.
Also during the meeting, the board approved an amended school calendar for the current school year that would include using two of the previously scheduled spring break days as make-up days. Students will be school on April 6 and April 7, which was part of the week designated for spring break.
With this amended calendar the final day for students will be May 28. The final day for teachers will be May 29.
KSP Assigns Five Troopers to London Post
Kentucky State Police Post 11, London is pleased to welcome 5 additional troopers to the area. The five, all agency veterans, have been reassigned to the London Post as of March 16th.
Derrick Combs, Hazard, KY.
Desmond Brittle, Louisville, Ky.
Jake Roberts, Manchester, Ky.
James Royal, Berea, Ky.
Kyle Reams, Orlando, Ky.
Troopers Combs and Roberts will be assigned to Clay County. Trooper Reams will be assigned to Laurel County. Trooper Brittle will be assigned to McCreary County. Trooper Royal will be assigned to Rockcastle County. Assignments are made based on manpower and calls for assistance needs. The assignment of these additional troopers increases KSP Post 11’s strength to 55 serving the (7) counties of Clay, Laurel, Rockcastle, Whitley, Pulaski, McCreary, and Wayne.
Lake Cumberland level holding steady
According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Monday, first time Wolf Creek Dam at Lake Cumberland has spilled since Feb. 18, 2004 as 10 spillways are open.
The level of Lake Cumberland continues to hold following recent rainfall and melting of heavy snow.
The lake level is stable at 727.95 feet above sea level, which is just above the tree line of 725 feet ASL.
Wayne County Fiscal Court meets
Wayne County Fiscal Court met in regular session last night (Thursday) and approved inter local agreements with McCreary County, Pulaski County and Russell County that will give law enforcement officers enforcement powers in Wayne County. Under the agreement, officers from Wayne County will also have enforcement powers in these three adjoining counties.
Sheriff Tim Catron addressed the court on the matter, noting that there is already an agreement in place with Clinton County. He noted that these agreements alleviate jurisdictional issues when officials are responding to areas that are near county lines.
The agreements will require approval in the respective counties involved before becoming effective.
Also during the meeting, the court approved a resolution that will allow the county to apply for grant funding to purchase a vehicle for the sheriff's department.
Wayne County unemployment at 9.4% for January 2015
The unemployment rate in Wayne County spiked up in January 2015, compared to December 2014, according to figures released Thursday. The unemployment rate for Wayne County for January was 9.4%, compared to a rate of 7.3% for December 2014, and an unemployment rate of 11.6 for January 2014.
Magoffin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 15 percent. It was followed by Russell County at 13.1 percent; Elliott and Leslie counties at 12.1 percent each; and Wolfe County at 11.8 percent.
KSP release info on posssible barricade/hostage situation in Wayne County
On Monday, March 09, 2015 at approximately 6:15 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call for assistance from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office on a possible barricade / hostage situation at a residence on KY HWY 834 in Wayne County.
Upon arrival, Troopers learned Theresa A. Williams, 47, of Bronston, KY was inside the residence and alleging that she had her husband held hostage.
After several failed attempts to negotiate with Williams by phone, Troopers gained entry into the residence and used a Taser device. After the Taser deployment, Williams was taken into custody without further incident.
A search of the residence was conducted and it was determined that Williams was alone inside the residence.
She was arrested at the scene and lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center on charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Arson 2nd Degree, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Disorderly Conduct and Alcohol Intoxication.
Trooper Adam Childress is continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Troopers from Post 11, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Monticello Police Department, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officers, Wayne County EMS and the Susie Fire Department.
Wayne County Major Case Task Force Investigates Shooting
On Wednesday, March 4th at approximately 7:51AM, the Monticello Wayne
County 911 communications center received a report of an apparent
gunshot victim at the Monticello Motel. Officers of the Monticello Police
Upon arrival, officers found 30 year old Bobby Piercy of Monticello
suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The victim was
later found to have multiple traumas to the face. Officers activated the
major case task force.
The victim was transported to UK Medical Center and listed in stable
condition on Thursday. As of Thursday, Piercy was unable to speak with
investigators, however a number of investigative leads are currently
being actively pursued.
The Major Case Task Force is made up of the Monticello Police Dept, the
Wayne County Sheriff's Dept and Kentucky State Police Post at London.
All three agencies responded to the initial crime scene investigation. The
investigation is continuing. The lead agency for this investigation is the
Monticello Police Dept. For more information, call 348-9313 and ask for
lead detective Derek Lester.
UPDATE: The recent shooting incident at Monticello Motel has resulted
in the arrest of 31 year old Bryan Massengale of Davis Street for
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Massengale was lodged
in the Wayne County Detention Center.
KSP announce Safety Checkpoints
The Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London, which provides coverage for Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual.
These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.
Upchurch hired to manage Monticello Utility Commission
Scott Upchurch will be the new Systems Manager for the Monticello Utility Commission.
Upchurch was hired at a special called meeting of the Commission this afternoon at a salary of $55,000
Upchurch, a Monticello native, who works for UPS in Lexington, was among ten applicants for the job.
Commission members Bob Wixson and Juanita Allen voted in favor of his hiring. Alvin Sexton abstained and Commission Chair Scott Flynn did not vote.
Upchurch will replace Gene Jones, who announced his retirement last month.
Parks And Recreation Committee Meets For First Meeting
Six members of the newly formed Parks and Recreation committee held their first meeting last night (Thursday) at the ASPIRE Center. The group selected Melinda Wixson as the seventh member to serve on the committee.
Wixson's appointment completes membership on the committee, and they are set to begin the process of filling the position of Parks and Recreation Director. Last night, the committee voted to advertise to accept resumes for the position. The deadline for resumes will be March 4.
The committee met in executive session to discuss personnel matters and no action was taken. They took care of several matters of routine business, including the transfer of the four employees who currently work at the ASPIRE Center and Memorial Park to the new Parks and Recreation Department effective March 1. The committee also agreed to use park funds set aside for three improvement projects at the facility to complete those projects. They include improvements to the road shelter house, improvements to the tennis courts and construction of a batting cage.
All other claims for the park will be paid and the decision regarding how remaining funds will be spent will come back to the committee. The full mmittee will meet on Tuesday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the ASPIRE Center, where they will determine leadership of the organization as well as
set the time for regular meetings.
Pursuit Leads To Arrest of Wayne County Man On Multiple Charges
According to a news release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Dept ...
at approximately 9:45PM Saturday, February 14th. The Sheriff’s Dept was
involved in a pursuit on East Kentucky 90 involving a Red 2007 Chevrolet.
The vehicle drove east bound in the west bound lane on Hwy 90 several
times – almost striking multiple vehicles. Anyone that was almost struck
by this vehicle is asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at
606-348-5416 and leave their name and contact information.
Wayne County Man Arrested After Firearm Incident At A Business
Monticello Police arrested a Wayne County Man Friday, February 13th after
he allegedly pulled a gun on someone at Payless Gas on North Main in
Monticello. 19 year old Jacob Bell was arrested and lodged in the Wayne
County Detention Center.
Fiscal Court Appoints Members To Parks - Recreation Committee
The Wayne Fiscal Court met Thursday, February 12th and appointed members for the newly created Parks and Recreation Committee. The county will be represented by Magistrate Dale Vaughn and citizen member Bill McClellan, in addition to County Judge Executive Mike Anderson.
The appointments last night bring the total members on the committee now to six. A seventh citizen member will be selected by the committee. The Parks and Recreation committee will provide oversight and management for the ASPIRE Center and Memorial Park.
Also during the meeting, magistrates hear about the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's recommendations for the Rural Secondary Road Program in Wayne County for the next fiscal year. Wayne County will receive approximately 1.5 million dollars through the program. Approximately 765,000 dollars of that amount will be used for routine maintenance.
The balance of 859,500 dollars will be used for three resurfacing projects,
according to the recommendations outlined at the meeting. These projects include resurfacing on KY 1275 from the intersection with Kelly Lane to mile marker 3.9, resurfacing of KY 200 from the 6,8 mile marker to the 8.4 mile marker, and resurfacing of KY 3106 - Cooley Lane from Bowman Drive across KY 90 to the intersection with 1275. The county will also receive approximately 305,000 dollar in flex funds later this year and the fiscal court will have input regarding projects with this money.
Monticello City Council Meets For Regular Monthly Session
The Monticello City Council met in regular session Monday, February 9th
and heard an update regarding the new Parks and Recreation Dept. Both
city and county governments have approved the inter local agreement
creating a parks and recreation department to manage both the ASPIRE
Center and the park.
Mayor Jeffrey Edwards said the county will appoint it's three members
to the committee when it meets later this week. When all members of
the committee are selected, the group can begin meeting and making
decisions regarding the two facilities.
Edwards also updated council members regarding the ongoing discussion
with South Kentucky RECC regarding the construction of a community
room at the Wayne County office. The council has sent two letters
requesting that the facility be constructed. They also requested that a
representative from the electric cooperative attend a council meeting
for discussion on the matter.
Edwards told councilmen Monday that he had met with South Kentucky
RECC CEO Allen Anderson last week and was assured that plans are
in place to construct a community room in Wayne County once the new
headquarters in Somerset is completed.
In other action, the council acknowledged the promotion of Monticello
Police Officer Sharkley Stonewall to sergeant. They also approved a
resolution amending the inter local agreement with other area counties
in regard to the Lake Cumberland ADD District and the Workforce
Investigation Leads To Man Being Arrested For Identity Theft
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, after several weeks of
investigation, Sheriff's Units arrested a man on theft identity charges.
The Sheriff's Dept was contacted on December 30th about a Monticello
man allegedly using the identity of a man in Chicago, Illinois. After
weeks of investigation, Wayne County Sheriff's Units were led to a
residence in Monticello. 29 year old Luis Domingo Ortis of Guatamala
was arrested on Saturday, January 31st and charged with Theft of
Identity of another without consent (Class D Felony) and Criminal
Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st Degree (Class C Felony).
Ortiz was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. The
investigation is continuing.
Sheriff's Units were assisted by the Chicago, Illinois Police Dept and
Kentucky Dept of Fish and Wildlife.
Shock Probation For Jimmy And Christopher Pruitt Overruled
An order overruling a motion for shock probation for Jimmy Pruitt was
filed in the Wayne Circuit Clerk’s Office on Thursday, February 5th.
Circuit Judge David Tapp overruled the motion for shock probation.
Jimmy Pruitt is now serving 2 five year consecutive sentences after
pleading guilty to thefts at Belden in Monticello.
This week - a motion was also filed that the Court reflect accurate
charges to which Jimmy Pruitt entered a guilty plea.
A motion was filed Tuesday, February 3rd by Christopher Pruitt’s
attorney to amend the Court’s final judgment - that accurate charges
be reflected on his guilty plea to theft's at Belden. A recent motion
for Shock Probation for Christopher Pruitt was also overruled.
Unemployment drops in Wayne County in December
Unemployment rates continue to drop dramatically in Wayne County. In December 2014, Wayne County’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.3%, and that is compared to 10.6% unemployment for December 2013. The 7.3% rate for December is also lower than the 8.1% rate for November 2014.
After two seasons of record harvests, Kentucky’s deer hunters kept the pace up this past season.
After two seasons of record harvests, Kentucky’s deer hunters kept the pace up this past season.
The 2014-15 season closed on Jan. 19 with 138,892 deer checked; the second highest total on record and third consecutive season with a harvest exceeding 130,000 deer.
A record 144,409 deer were taken during the 2013-14 season when a spotty acorn crop put deer on the move.
Acorns were plentiful across much of the state this time around. Recognizing this, many hunters likely shifted their focus from field edges to the timber and travel corridors instead.
A strong opening month and an unprecedented start to the modern gun deer season emerged as key drivers.
“The three seasons where we have had our three greatest harvests have featured big Novembers,” said David Yancy, deer biologist with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “And there’s no question September has become more important or more interesting to hunters. I think hunters have gotten to where they like it and can’t wait to get out there.”
Hunters checked 5,928 deer in September, the third highest total on record for that month. Favorable weather across the state spurred a record harvest on opening weekend of modern gun deer season.
Compared to the previous season, the modern gun harvest finished at 102,889, down less than 2 percent from the season before.
Archers bagged 18,368 deer and muzzleloader hunters 14,673. Crossbow hunters accounted for 2,962 of the harvest total.
Owen County again led the state. Hunters there checked 3,470 whitetails. Pendleton County was next with 3,305 followed by Crittenden County at 3,224, Christian County at 3,062 and Graves County at 2,964.
The majority of deer taken were male. Female deer accounted for 45.7 percent of the overall harvest.
Biologists estimated the statewide herd at 1 million deer entering this past season. Herd estimates are derived through computer modeling that takes into account harvest and age structure data.
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.
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.
(Copyright 2014 WKYM)
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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