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EARLY VOTING CONTINUES TODAY & SATURDAY

 

Early voting is going on today and Saturday from 7-5 at the Central Ky Ag Expo Center.
Here's Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis...

 


Polls will be closed Sunday and Monday, then re-open on Election Day from 6am-6pm, again the only voting location in Casey County is at the Pork Producer's Building at the Ag Center.

 


PULASKI VOTING LOCATIONS

 

In-person early voting officially starts today. 

Jeff Henderson reports on new voting locations in Pulaski County...

 


LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL REPORT

 

The Liberty City Council met in special session Tuesday.


The Council approved a second reading of an ordinance related to an electric franchise between the city and Kentucky Utilities.


The Council appointed a new council member to fill the unexpired term of Andie Lawhorn, who resigned. That new council member is Chase Dial.


The council heard a resolution to support Kentucky Wildlands. Mayor Steven Brown...
 


That resolution was approved.


The council also considered a resolution related to Land and Water grant.
Heather Cundiff is the Director for Liberty Tourism...

 


The resolution was approved.


There was a discussion of reinstating an Ethics Board. The council will appoint three residents of the City of Liberty to that board at a future meeting.


There was a discussion concerning delinquent utility bills. Councilman Richard Montgomery had requested a print out of the delinquent bills, which at that time totaled over $15,000. Many of those accounts were over 45 days late. Since that time some of those accounts have been caught up.


There was also a discussion concerning shared water meters in the city which is causing some billing fluctuations. Councilman Richard Montgomery pointed out that the city is losing revenue due to combined water meters for businesses with residences, as well as multi unit rental units and apartments. No action was taken.


The next regular meeting of the Liberty City Council is scheduled for June 13th.

 


EARLY VOTING UPDATE

 

Today (Wednesday) is the last day for "Excused" voting at the County Clerk's Office.


Early voting starts tomorrow (Thursday) at the Central Ky Ag Expo Center.


Here's Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis...
 

 

 


LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TODAY

 

Liberty City Council will host a special called meeting today.

 

Being a special meeting, the Council can only discuss items on the agenda, which includes:

  • 2nd reading of an Ordinance related to Electric Franchise
  • Appoint a new Council Member
  • Resolution related to Ky Wetlands
  • Resolution related to Land & Water Grant
  • Discussion of Ethics Board
  • Delinquent Utility Bills
  • Shared Water Meters

 

The meeting starts at 5pm at City Hall & is open to the public.

 


CASEY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING REPORT

 

The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night.


At the one year mark, Superintendent Barry Lee received high marks from his mentors, and the Board members...
 


The next regular meeting of the Casey County School Board is scheduled for Monday, June 13th.

 


KSP POST 11 TO HONOR FALLEN TROOPERS

 

On Monday May 16, and Tuesday May 17, 2022 at 9:30 am, Kentucky State Police Post 11 will be placing a wreaths at the grave sites of Trooper Elmer Mobley JR., and Trooper John Hutchinson, to honor their service to the Commonwealth. Trooper John Hutchinson will be on May 16 and Trooper Elmer Mobley will be on the 17.

 

 Trooper Elmer Mobley, JR, age 33, was fatally injured May 28, 1964, in an automobile accident while responding to a call for assistance in Pike County. Trooper Cecil W. Uzzle, who was accompanying Trooper Mobley, was also killed in the accident when their vehicle struck large rocks that had fallen in the roadway and was hidden by heavy rain and dense fog.

 

Trooper Mobley was   assigned to Post 9 Pikeville and had served with the Kentucky State Police as a Trooper for four-and –a half years. Trooper Mobley is buried in the Oneida Settlement School Cemetery in Clay County, Ky. In honor of his service and sacrifice, the Wild Cat Creek Bridge at mile marker 15.589, on Kentucky Highway 11 in Clay County, has been designated the “Trooper Elmer Mobley Memorial Bridge”.

 

Trooper John Wayne Hutchinson, age 29, was fatally shot June 4, 1975, while making an arrest of a drunk driver in McCreary County. Trooper Hutchins was assigned to Post 11 London and had served with the Kentucky State Police for two years. Trooper Hutchinson is buried at Elk Springs Cemetery in Wayne County, Ky. In honor of his service and sacrifice, KY 90 in Wayne County has been designated the Trooper John W. Hutchinson Memorial Highway.

 

In commemoration of National Police Officers Memorial Week, The Kentucky State Police Post 11 London will honor fallen Troopers on Monday and Tuesday May 16, and 17 2022. KSP Post 11 will do a wreath presention at the burial site of each fallen Trooper. Friends, family, and co-workers of the fallen Troopers are welcome to attend.

 


LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING STOLEN ATV

 

***UPDATE***

 

On 5/9/2022 Detective Rob Oney, received information on the whereabouts of the stolen John Deere side by side.

 

Det. Oney along with Chief Deputy Willie Skeens of Garrard County, located the John Deere on North Flatwoods in Garrard County. The item was returned to the owner.

 

Further investigation found two male subjects had the side by side. The two male subjects had left the scene prior to law enforcement's arrival, warrants will be issued.

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a stolen ATV.


A John Deere "Gator" was reported stolen in the early morning hours Sunday, from the Preachersville area in Crab Orchard.


Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact Detective Rob Oney with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department at 606-365-2696.

 


MAY IS MOTORCYCLE & BICYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

 

In recognition of May as Motorcycle and Bike Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding all road users to work together to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways. 

 

“We’re entering the warmer months and that typically means more motorcycles and bicycles on our roadways,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Safety is a mutual responsibility and we encourage all road users to do their part in making sure everyone makes it to their destination safely – every trip, every time.”

 

A motorcycle or bicycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any motor vehicle; however, as one of the smallest vehicles on the road, a motorcycle or bicycle may be in a vehicle’s blind spots.

 

“We’re asking motorists to take simple yet important actions when behind the wheel,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Taking the extra step of looking twice at intersections and before changing lanes or making turns could be the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist or bicyclist.”

 

In 2021 there were 1,490 crashes involving motorcycles in Kentucky, resulting in 1,085 injuries and 99 deaths (88 motorcyclists).  Of those crashes, 811 involved a motorcycle and at least one other vehicle.  Bicyclists were involved in 325 crashes resulting in 239 injuries and 9 deaths. Of those crashes, 320 involved at least one other vehicle.

 

“All road users share the same rights and responsibilities designed to keep our transportation system equitable and safe," said Secretary Gray. "Our Cabinet is committed to continuing our efforts to improve infrastructure and accessibility for everyone, and we ask that we all do our part to obey the rules of the road.”

 

The KOHS offers the following tips for drivers:

  • Put the phone down and pay attention. Driving while distracted increases risk for all road users;
  • Perform a regular visual check by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections;
  • Use a turn signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic to alert others of your intentions;
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo­torcycle.  Motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
  • Obey the speed limit. Driving at the posted limit allows you to see, identify and react to possible obstacles;
  • Drive sober. Alcohol and drugs affect judgment, balance and reaction time. Always make a plan for a safe ride home;
  • Buckle up. Wearing a seat belt gives you the best protection against injury and death;
  • Allow at least a three-second following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you;
  • Do not use designated bike lanes for parking, passing or turning; and
  • Pass to the left of a bicycle, allowing at least three feet clearance. 

The KOHS offers the following tips for motorcyclists:

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet;
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, and combine with hand signals;
  • Wear brightly colored protective gear and use reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility;
  • Position in the lane where most visible to other drivers;
  • Pay attention by avoiding any action that takes your eyes, your ears or your mind off the road and traffic;
  • Obey the speed limit. Driving at the posted limit allows you to see, identify and react to possible obstacles;
  • Ride sober. Alcohol and/or drugs can impair your judgment, coordination and reaction time; and
  • Take a rider training course. Find information at www.msf-usa.org  

The KOHS offers the following tips for bicyclists:

  • Wear a properly-fitted helmet that meets that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards;
  • Use hand signals when changing lanes or turning;
  • Wear brightly colored protective gear and use reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility;
  • Pay attention by avoiding any action that takes your eyes, your ears or your mind off the road and traffic;
  • Scan ahead for possible obstacles in your path, such as parked cars or cars pulling out or into parking spaces or driveways;
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic;
  • Check your equipment before riding. Make sure your brakes are working and tires are properly inflated;
  • Never ride impaired. Alcohol and/or drugs can impair your judgment, coordination and reaction time.

 


BOYLE COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD EXPLOITATION

 

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch arrested Brandon P. Hendrickson, 27, on a charge related to child sexual abuse material.

 

Mr. Hendrickson was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading images of child sexual exploitation online.  

 

Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s digital forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Mr. Hendrickson is currently charged with one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor over 12. Mr. Hendrickson was lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center.

 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administered by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations.

 

This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

 


LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL POSTPONES VOTE FOR NEW COUNCIL PERSON

 

No action at yesterday's special meeting of the Liberty City Council.


The only item on the agenda was to interview potential candidates to fill the seat vacated by Andy Lawhorn, who recently resigned.


Three people showed up to answer questions and share their ideas, Chuck Dorman, Chase Dial, and Adam Elmore.


Councilman Ben Barlow noted that Council-woman, Carla Turner could not attend yesterday, and suggested they postpone the voting until all members were present.


The issue was tabled, and another special meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at 5pm. Their next regular meeting was scheduled for Monday, May 9th, that meeting was cancelled.

 


VOTING

 

There have been many changes in our voting procedures over the past few years. Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis dropped by the WKDO studio this week to go over what's ahead, leading up to election day.


In person EXCUSED voting started Wednesday...
 


If you have any questions, call Casey Davis' Office at 606-787-6471.

 


LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TODAY

 

The Liberty City Council will meet in special session this evening to interview potential candidates for a seat on the Council.


The seat became open after Councilman Andy Lawhorn resigned.


Today's meeting will start at 6pm at Liberty City Hall, and is open to the public.

 


THURSDAY IS NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

 

Thursday has been designated at a National Day of Prayer.

Brother Russell Shafer is the the Liberty Assembly of God Church...
 

 

The public is highly encouraged to come and participate in prayer for our community and for our Country.

 


SOMERSET MAN WHO INITIALLY GOT AWAY FROM POLICE IS NOW FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES

 

Sheriff Greg Speck reports the arrest of Jonathan Scott Whitaker, age 32, of KY Highway
1003, Somerset, Kentucky, for multiple charges following an attempt to serve warrants on
Whitaker by Sheriff's Office Deputies.


On April 30, 2022, at approximately 11:30 AM, Sergeant Zach Mayfield was answering
an unrelated complaint on KY 1003 that had come into Pulaski County 911 Dispatch. While on
that complaint, Sergeant Mayfield observed Jonathan Whitaker running away. Later that day, at
approximately 3:15 PM, Sergeant Zach Mayfield, Deputies Trent Massey, Kyle Edwards, and
Jay Picard attempted to serve warrants on Jonathan Whitaker at an address on KY 1003 in
eastern Pulaski County.

 

Deputy Trent Massey located Jonathan Whitaker cowering underneath a mobile home on KY 1003. When Deputy Massey saw Whitaker, he ordered him to show his hands and crawl out from underneath the residence. Whitaker refused numerous commands to come out, so Deputy Massey started under the trailer after him, but Whitaker crawled further away from him. Deputy Massey deployed his taser at Whitaker and crawled underneath the trailer after him. The Deputies later discovered a hole hidden in the floor of the trailer, which allowed Whitaker to crawl through and get under the trailer to hide. Whitaker was placed under arrest and brought out from under the trailer by Deputy Massey.


Deputy Massey initially charged Whitaker with the following:
• Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot)
• Resisting Arrest

 

On March 8, 2022, at 1:53 AM, Deputy Tan Hudson and Sergeant Branson Patterson saw
a red Nissan truck come off KY 1003 and onto KY 192 at a high rate of speed. The driver of the
truck almost lost control and got over into the ditch of the eastbound lane. Deputy Hudson turned
on his emergency equipment to attempt to stop the truck. The driver did not stop and fled at a
high rate of speed. The driver then drove off the main road and took off into a field in the truck
until entering a woodline where he rammed the truck into a tree. He then ran on foot. During the
foot pursuit and in the darkness, Deputy Tan Hudson received a severe injury to his hand and
could not continue in the pursuit. The driver got away from Sergeant Patterson and Deputy
Hudson.

 

A bag of suspected methamphetamine weighing approximately one (1) gram was found in the truck. Deputy Hudson was able to identify the driver of the truck as Jonathan Scott Whitaker. The truck was impounded due to improper registration and insurance.


Deputy Hudson applied for and received an arrest warrant for Whitaker for the following
charges:

• Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle)
• Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (On Foot)

• Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)
• Reckless Driving
• Improper Display of Registration Plates
• Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance
• No Registration Plates

 

This arrest warrant was served by Deputy Trent Massey on April 30th when Deputies found him cowering underneath the trailer.


Deputy Massey served another warrant on Whitaker for a Parole Violation Warrant. In
this warrant, Jonathan Whitaker was convicted of Burglary, 3rd Degree in Pulaski County Circuit
Court, paroled on March 25, 2020, and had violated that parole.


Jonathan Whitaker was transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center, where he
remains lodged as of this press release.


This investigation continues by Deputy Trent Massey and Deputy Tan Hudson. Also,
Sergeant Zach Mayfield has an investigation into those who helped conceal Whitaker and
obstructed the Deputies from serving the warrants.


Deputy Hudson's injury resulted in him missing eight days of work.


Sheriff Greg Speck asked that if you have any information about drug activity or any
crime, contact our office at 606-678-5145. You can remain anonymous. If you go to the Pulaski
County Sheriff's Office website at http://www.pulaskisheriff.com/tip.php, it gives you three
options to submit anonymous tips.

 


LIBERTY CITY COUNCIL WILL INTERVIEW FOR NEW COUNCIL-PERSON

 

Liberty City Council held a special called meeting yesterday with two items on the agenda.


First, to appoint a new Council member to fill the seat vacated by Andy Lawhorn, who resigned following the last regular meeting. That item was tabled so that the Council may interview prospective candidates at another special meeting, tentatively set for Wednesday, May 4th at 6pm.


The second item on the agenda was to advertise for bids for video work on the City's sewer lines...


The motion was approved.


Again, the Council will host another special meeting next week, and hopes to have a new Councilperson in place before the next regular meeting, which will be Monday, May 9th.

 


INCIDENT AT CASEY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

A disturbing video has surfaced, showing an incident involving several students at Casey County Middle School.


The seven second video shows one boy being held in a choke hold by another student, as several others watch, and another records the altercation on his phone.


School officials issued a statement on their facebook page saying, they are aware of the incident, which took place Friday. It says school administrators took immediate action with the support from a Liberty Police Officer who serves as the School Resource Officer (SRO).   


Parents of the students involved have been made aware of the investigation. No further information can be released due to all parties involved being juveniles.


The statement goes on to say, "CCMS is committed to our core values and school-wide expectations instilling in our students to be respectful, show integrity, have a safe learning environment and excellence in every aspect of being a successful student in our school."

 

Superintendent Barry Lee added, “The behavior that occurred in the video will not be tolerated.”


The accused attacker has been charged with strangulation and assault and police say the investigation is on-going.


KYTC BEGINS MOWING SEASON

 

SOMERSET, Ky. (April 20, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that roadside mowing season is underway, which runs from April to October. State and contract crews will complete three mowing cycles, including litter removal on interstates, parkways and other primary routes throughout the state.

 

KYTC officials ask Kentuckians to do their part by keeping the state right of way clear of temporary signs and other obstacles that can obstruct the path of mowers and pose a hazard for mowing crews and motorists.

 

Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of non-official signs of any type – for campaigns, yard sales or other advertising – on state highway right of way, utility poles, fences and guardrails or on road signs. Depending on size and construction, illegally placed signs are a distraction and can be a safety issue for motorists when blocking the view of oncoming vehicles.

 

Illegally-placed signs also can disrupt or endanger right-of-way operations such as mowing, ditch cleaning and litter removal, and can pose a direct safety hazard to motorists who run off the roadway – particularly when installed with large wooden or metal stakes.

 

Campaign signs and other signs placed on state right of way that restrict sight distance or interfere with mowing and maintenance operations will be removed by KYTC crews. Signs that are removed will be held at the state highway garage in each county of KYTC District 8 and kept for two weeks. Unclaimed signs will be discarded.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks that motorists use extra caution when traveling through these work zones.

 

Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

 


CASEY COUNTY FISCAL COURT REPORT

 

Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.

 

Local resident Bill Brown addressed the court with a petition of 70 signatures regarding poor conditions on Long Hollow Road...
 

 

Bart Woodrum is the magistrate for that district...
 

 

No action was taken, however, some representatives from the Court agreed to meet and review the road and discuss options to repair it.

 

The magistrates voted to approve a resolution to amend the Health Reimbursement Plan...
 

 

That motion was approved.

 

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle gave his monthly report for March...
 

 

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for Monday, May 2nd.

 


RUSSELL CO. TEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

 

According to RSPD Police Chief Tim Pierce, on April 14, 2022, Lt. Bobby Pritchard received a theft complaint of a catalytic converter from one of Bennett's Carpet work vehicles.
 
Bennett's Carpet had posted still images of the vehicle involved in the theft on their Facebook page and this post was shared by several people. The circulation of the post resulted in tips being called in to Bennett's Carpet of possible vehicles matching the description and possible individuals that could have been in the vehicle at the time of the theft.
 
Based on the tips, an investigation ensued that led Lt. Pritchard to the location of the stolen converter and video footage that confirmed the vehicle and individuals involved in the theft.
 
As a result, Austin Passmore, 18 of Russell Springs, was arrested on a warrant for the theft, taken in to custody and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Kentucky State Trooper Jacob Harper.
 
Additional arrests are pending as the investigation is still on-going by RSPD Lt. Bobby Pritchard.