Category Archives: Police & Fire Reports

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Wayne Co.

The Kentucky State Police, London Post was notified by Wayne County 911 approximately 4:38 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019, of a single vehicle injury accident on KY 1275 North in the Monticello area of Wayne County. The collision resulted in one fatality.

The initial investigation indicates that a 2003 JEEP Liberty operated by Michael R. Bridgeman, 45 years old of Monticello, KY, was traveling northbound on KY 1275 North.  Mr. Bridgeman lost control of his vehicle and drove off of the roadway hitting a dirt embankment and flipping his vehicle.  The operator of the Jeep was ejected from the vehicle.  Mr. Bridgeman was taken to the Wayne County Hospital with life threating injuries.

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Madison County Sheriff’s K9 Report 10/11/2019

On Thursday October 10th, 2019 at approximately 10:43pm the MCSO K9 Unit was conducting weekly K9 Training within the city limits of Berea.

A narcotics tip was received during training, regarding a vehicle that was preparing to enter Madison County via I-75N.

A traffic stop was initiated in the area of the 76N by K9 Deputy Wesley. MCSO K9 Cooper was deployed, by K9 Deputy Bol, and gave a conditioned response to the odor of narcotics.

A search of the vehicle was conducted by MCSO K9 Deputies Wesley, Kermeen, Bol and Thompson.

Items seized: marijuana and drug paraphernalia

Office of Highway Safety, law enforcement agencies partner with NHTSA to reduce crashes throughout Columbus Day

The upcoming Columbus Day holiday provides a great opportunity for long weekend getaways — and this means more cars on the road. This is why the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), state and local law enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are teaming up for the inaugural Operation Crash Reduction effort with a focus on Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Property Tax

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will begin collecting the 2019 County Property Tax Bills on November 15, 2019. The delay is due to a recall call petition which is being circulated under KRS 132.017. Those who have escrow accounts, mortgage companies are aware of the new dates. The schedule for collections is as follows:

November 15, 2019-December 15, 2019 2% Discount
December 16, 2019-January 15, 202 Face Amount
January 16, 2020-February 15, 2020 5% Penalty
February 16, 2020-April 30, 2020 21% Penalty

The 2019 County Property Tax Bills will be mailed November 14, 2019

Individuals with questions may contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 859-623-1511.

Kirksville VFD Report 10/10/2019

On Oct. 10, 2019 around 2:45am the Kirksville Volunteer Fire Department, Madison County Fire Department, and White Hall Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area of Poosey Ridge Road and Dry Branch for a residential structure fire.

Engine 18 arrived on scene and found a small fire inside the residence. Crews quickly stretched a hose line to extinguish the fire preventing further damage to the structure.

No injuries reported.

KSP Arrests Ohio Co. Woman for Promoting Human Trafficking

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The Kentucky State Police, Henderson Post has arrested an Ohio County woman as a result of a month long human trafficking investigation.

The initial investigation started in September when social services notified KSP Post 16 that Crystal Smiley, 34 years old, was trying to sell her child to a family member.

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KSP Charges Kenton Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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 On October 09, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Kevin R. Master, 26, on charges related to unlawful possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Master was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor was discovered in an international shipment addressed to Erlanger, Kentucky.

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KSP Conducts Death Investigation in Lee County

On Sunday morning, October 6, 2019, The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was called just after 1:30 am in reference to a fatal stabbing that occurred on KY 52 west in Lee County.

KSP Post 7 Troopers and the Beattyville Police Department responded to the scene and discovered one man deceased. The initial investigation indicates, the deceased was fatally stabbed during an altercation with another man. 

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National Fire Prevention Week

Berea Firefighter Jared Rigsby checks a smoke alarm to make sure the batteries are working as part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 6-12.

Check smoke alarm batteries during National Fire Prevention Week

The Berea Fire Department is reminding citizens to regularly change the batteries in their smoke alarms and to test smoke alarm batteries every month. The National Fire Protection Association notes that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%.

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Burn ban has been lifted for Madison Co.

Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor, in consultation with Madison County Fire Chief Tim Gray, lifted the countywide burn ban put into effect by Executive Order on August 9, 2019.

Citizens are still required to adhere to the current Kentucky Forestry Burn Ban that is in effect annually in Kentucky from October 1 through December 15 and February 15 through April 30.

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Lexington Man Arrested in Oregon as a Result of a Madison County Death Investigation

(October 7, 2019) – A second arrest has been made in connection with the ongoing death investigation of April D. Arnett. Ronald ‘Doug’ Crawley, 45 years old of Lexington, KY. was arrested on October 6, 2019, in Cave Junction, OR by Oregon State Police. He is currently lodged in the Josephine County Jail, Oregon.

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RICHMOND, Ky. (September 11, 2019) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is continuing to investigate the death of a woman that was found in northern Madison County on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

From left is Brent Billings, Shane Alcorn, Stacy Quinley, Brad Hylton and Chief Shawn Sandlin.

At noon Sunday, the Berea Fire Department Honor Guard stepped out of Station 1 in their dress uniforms as part of a ceremony commemorating National Fallen Firefighers Memorial Weekend, sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Whitley County

The Kentucky State Police, London Post was notified at approximately 6:36 PM on Friday, October 4, 2019, of a single vehicle injury accident on KY HWY 2989, Browning Acres Road in the Corbin area of Whitley County. The collision resulted in one fatality.

The initial investigation indicates that a 2007 GMC Canyon Pickup, operated by Perry W. Farris, 46 years old of Keavy, KY, was traveling south on Highway 2989.  Mr. Farris lost control of his vehicle and drove off the roadway hitting a guide wire and a utility pole, before rolling his vehicle onto its top. As a result of the collision, Mr. Farris sustained fatal injuries.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner’s Office.

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