House Republican Floor Leader Unveils Sign Naming Highway after former Cumberland County Commonwealth’s Attorney Fred Capps
House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, and Amber Hale with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet unveiled signs naming Kentucky 90 as the R. Fred Capps Memorial Highway during ceremonies in Burkesville today. Capps, the former Commonwealth's Attorney in Cumberland County, was killed in a shootout in June 2000 with a person he was scheduled to prosecute. Leader Hoover and Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, worked with the Cumberland County Fiscal Court in passing a resolution in the 2016 session naming the road in memory of Capps. (Photo: Kentucky House Republican Caucus)
House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, delivers remarks during a ceremony to name Kentucky 90 in Burkesville in memory of former Commonwealth's Attorney Fred Capps. (Photo: Kentucky House Republican Caucus)
House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown (first from leff), joined by Cathi Capps (third from left) and members of the Capps family, and Cumberland County Judge Executive John Phelps (fourth from right) along with members of the Cumberland County Fiscal Court unveil a sign naming Kentucky 90 as the R. Fred Capps Memorial Highway. Leader Hoover helped pass legislation during the 2016 Regular Session to name the road in honor of Capps, who was killed in June 2000 during a shootout in his home with a man scheduled to be prosecuted by Capps. (Photo: Kentucky House Republican Caucus)
A south-central Kentucky man accused of gunning down a prominent defense attorney last year has entered a plea of guilty but mentally ill.
Local news outlets report Clinton Inabnitt entered the plea Monday to charges of murder and wanton endangerment in the death of Somerset attorney Mark Stanziano.
The move came a week before he was scheduled to stand trial. Previous testimony has indicted that Inabnitt was schizophrenic and delusional.
Prosecutor Eddy Montgomery said he's recommending a 20-year prison sentence on the murder charge followed by three years of probation on the wanton endangerment count. Montgomery said Stanziano's wife and daughter were "heavily involved" in the decision.
Stanziano was known for defending people accused in high-profile cases including a triple slaying at a pawn shop and the fatal shooting of a sheriff.
Kentucky teenagers and administrators are bracing themselves for a new state dropout law that will go into effect on July 1 in most school districts.
The dropout age is being raised from 16 to 18, meaning some students who legally left the education system will now have to return to school.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports that 17-year-old dropouts say it is pointless to make them return because they plan on dropping out again upon their next birthday. Administrators, meanwhile, are not relishing the new task of trying to track down the juveniles and bring them back.
Newport Independent Schools administrator Mike Wills says the law will be hard to enforce. Aside from filing charges and taking a student or the student's parents to court, there's not much recourse for districts, he says.
The offices of Adair County, and the Offices of Adair County Judge/Executive Michael Lee Stephens will be closed this Friday, July 3rd , 2015, in observance of Independence Day. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.
Adair County Deputy Judge/Executive
Adair County Middle School student Jaiden Taylor has done it again! He became the national champion in the Division II Science Academic test at the National Beta Convention this past weekend. We are so proud of him and want everyone to see this huge accomplishment!
Diann N. Benningfield age 23 of Columbia -- Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine; Possession of a Controlled Substance not in Original Container; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joshua E. Dye age 32 of Sharpsburg, Ky. -- Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500
Juan Gomez age 25 of Columbia-- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree Methamphetamine; Operating on a Suspended License; Failure to Wear a Seatbelt
Truman T. Kemp age 18 of Columbia -- Burglary 2nd Degree; Assault 4th Degree
Brandy J. Lawless age 35 of Columbia -- Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Allen Moran McClister age 41 of Columbia -- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Being a Persistent Felony Offender
David A. McVay age 51 of Columbia -- Marijuana Cultivation 5 or more plants
David L. Murphy age 38 of Columbia -- Wanton Endangerment
Marion R. Rutledge age 60 of Campbellsville -- Sexual Abuse 1st Degree
Kristen A. Stephens age 25 of Columbia -- Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine; Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Holly G. Stuchell age 37 of Columbia -- Distribution of Obscene Matter to Minors, 1st offense; Unlawful Transaction with a Minor
Stephen C. Turner Jr. age 21 of Columbia -- Trafficking in Marijuana more than 8 ounces
We remind our viewers that an indictment is only a legal accusation and does not determine guilt or innocence.
The Barren County Grand Jury met Friday and handed down an Indictment on Anthony Barbour in connection to the death of Laynee Wallace. The indictment was served at 5:20 pm at the Barren County Detention Center charging Barbour with Murder, Tampering With Physical Evidence and Abuse of a Corpse.
The investigation is still ongoing and being led by Detective Adam Morgan. No further information can be released at this time.
Another fatal accident has occurred on the Columbia Bypass.On Friday, June 26, Columbia Police responded to an injury accident at the intersection of Greensburg Street and the Veterans Bypass. The accident occurred when a 2016 Ford pickup being operated by Nancy Brody of Campbellsville, Ky. pulled into the path of a 2012 Toyota Camry being operated by Anita Green of Columbia. Green's vehicle struck Brody's and then struck a 2007 Jeep operated by Lisa Bradshaw of Russell Springs, Ky. A passenger in the Brody vehicle, 68-year-Yolanda Tyree of Campbellsville, Ky. was ejected and airlifted from the scene where she died in route to the University of Louisville hospital. Brody was transported by ambulance and Green was transported by private vehicle to Westlake Regional hospital.
The accident is being investigated by Columbia Police Officer John Dial. Police were assisted at the scene by Adair County EMS, Adair County Fire Department and the Breeding Fire Department.
Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Monday in honor of a Kentucky State Police trooper killed in the line of duty. Eric Chrisman was responding to a complaint of a reckless driver on June 23 when he was involved in a fatal collision.
“Jane and I are deeply saddened by Trooper Chrisman’s death, and we offer our sincerest condolences to the family,” Gov. Beshear said.
Chrisman, of Lawrenceburg, graduated from the state police training academy in January and was assigned to Lyon County, in the Post 1 District.
Services for Trooper Chrisman will be held June 29 at 11 a.m. Eastern time at Ninevah Christian Church, 1195 Ninevah Road in Lawrenceburg. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.
Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/Pages/flagstatus.aspx.
ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT
FRIDAY, JUNE 26th, 2015, 9:00A.M. CST
ADAIR COUNTY ANNEX BASEMENT
424 PUBLIC SQUARE, COLUMBIA, KY 42728
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER