CRIME & SAFETY
Monticello Police Recent Activity
6:19 a.m. – Officer out checking vehicle on Stokes Street. All okay. 6:30 a.m. – Business security checks, extra patrol overnight: Mylan Wright’s State Farm Insurance, Lair’s Flowers and Wayne County Farmers Market. All secure, no issues discovered. 12:54 p.m. – Two-vehicle collision with possible injuries...
Somerset man facing federal identity theft and fraud charges
A Somerset man is facing federal charges for computer fraud, identity theft, and more. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 38-year-old Jacob Kipf was indicted on five counts of computer fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, and two counts of making false statements on applications in connection with federally insured financial institutions.
Russell Springs man arrested by KSP in Adair County
A Russell Springs man was arrested in Adair County by Kentucky State Police yesterday. According to reports, 33-year-old Shannon Coty McGowan was arrested and charged with driving on a DUI-suspended license and not having a license in possession. He was arrested by Kentucky State Police and lodged in the Adair...
UPDATE: Kentucky murder suspect arrested in Kansas
PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. – The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says a Kentucky man who escaped while awaiting trial for murder has been arrested. The sheriff’s office says law enforcement arrested 24-year-old Samuel Baker, along with Adriana Brown, in El Dorado, Kansas. Both face local charges based out...
Russell Springs woman arrested on burglary charges
A Russell Springs woman was arrested over the weekend and faces multiple burglary charges. Hannah Philpott, age 19, was arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of theft by unlawful taking between $1,000 and $10,000 from a building; theft from a building between $500 and $1,000; and possession of burglary tools.
Weekly Safety Report: Two Vehicle Crashes in Monticello, Kentucky
Two incidents occurred in Monticello, Kentucky this week. The first incident involved a two-vehicle crash on KY-90, where Shelia Vanover pulled out in front of Robert Hockenberry. Vanover was flown to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment. The second incident occurred at the intersection of KY 90 and KY 92, where a Toyota SUV and a Nissan car collided, causing both vehicles to leave the road. The driver of the Toyota, Morgan Vidaurri, was flown to UK Medical Center in Lexington for treatment.
Russell County Woman Arrested on Burglary Charges
Hannah Philpott, 19, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Saturday night, November 25, 2023 by KSP for Burglary 3rd degree (2 counts), TBUT from Building $1,000 to $10,000 (2 counts), TBUT from Building $500 to $1,000, and Possession of Burglary Tools. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Police Department Service Call Log
12:08 a.m. – Traffic stop on KY 90 East. Verbal warning for speeding. 5:45 a.m. – Traffic stop on KY 90 East. Verbal warning for speeding. 6:00 a.m. – Business security checks, extra patrol overnight: Walmart, Save-A-Lot, Walgreen’s, The Quilt Shoppe and South Creek Mini Mart. All secure, no issues discovered.
Woman arrested after stealing Wayne County ambulance and driving around Lexington
A woman was arrested after police say she stole a Wayne County ambulance and took it for a joy ride around Lexington. Police say 43-year-old Jericha Hays stole the ambulance outside of Saint Joseph East. The ambulance had been used to transport a patient from Wayne County to Saint Joseph East.
Wayne County man arrested after threatening deputies with knife
WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One Monticello man is facing a host of charges after he reportedly threatened to harm deputies from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office with a pocketknife. At approximately 7:38 p.m. Sunday, a traffic stop was executed on a vehicle due to the driver committing traffic...
Monticello Police Department Arrests
Josh Evans, 35, was arrested at approximately 4:15 a.m. at a residence on Hardwood Drive. Evans was taken into custody by Officer Brandon Bertram on a warrant for failing to appear in Wayne District Court. Larry Evans, 40, was arrested at approximately 6:30 a.m. at a residence on Hardwood Drive...
Police: Woman steals Wayne Co. ambulance, goes on joyride in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - They are used to take people from an emergency, but some people in Lexington said an ambulance nearly caused one Sunday night. “We felt a rush of air, really loud. Like a car going by. We turned around and there was an EMT swerving into the bike lane,” Camarian Dickey explained.
Area Arrest 11-21-23
Lewis Bardin, age 43, of Columbia, was arrested by Trooper Harper of the Kentucky State Police, just before 4 a.m. this morning. Bardin was charged with Criminal Trespassing – 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition greater than $10,000, Driving DUI Suspended License – 1st Offense (Aggravated Circumstances) Operating Motor Vehicle without Ignition Interlock Device, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol .08 3rd (Aggravated Circumstances), Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.
Naroctics Investigation Leads to Arrest
According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron a continued investigations into the illegal sales and use of narcotics here in Wayne County has resulted in a Monticello man being arrested for drug trafficking and another man for drug possession. On November 17, 2023, Deputy James Barnett continued investigation led him...
Sheriff’s office searching for vehicle of interest in theft case
The Russell County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a vehicle of interest in connection to a theft case. The Sheriff’s Office is looking for a green Chevy tracker with a black soft top in connection with a theft at a home on Miller Short Road last week. Deputies...
Monticello Man Arrested for Theft and Trespassing in Local Crime Spree
A Monticello man, Kenneth Myers, has been charged with numerous offenses following a bizarre incident at a local retailer. On November 16, 2023, Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron reported that Myers had been arrested after posing as a private contractor at Tractor Supply Company Store in the Town and Country Shopping Center. Deputy James Barnett apprehended Myers after he unlawfully took a tape measure and attempted to steal several vehicles in the parking lot.
Parrish joins sheriff’s office
The Russell County Sheriff’s Office has a new deputy. Matt Parrish joined the sheriff’s office last week as the department’s newest deputy. Parrish has more than a decade of experience in law enforcement, most recently serving with the Russell Springs Police Department.
Weekly Safety Report: Alarm Activations and Request for Officer Assistance in Monticello, Kentucky
At 12:50 a.m., an alarm was activated at a location on Tiffany Drive. The building and premises were thoroughly checked, and no signs of any issues were found. At 9:20 a.m., a residential alarm was triggered on North Main Street. Upon investigation, it was determined that the homeowner had accidentally set off the alarm, and everything was found to be in order.
Wayne County Sheriff's Department Cracks Down on Drug Offenses
Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron has announced the recent arrests of three individuals in Monticello, KY, as part of a concerted effort to clamp down on drug-related criminal activity. Miles Sutton and Zachery McGuire were both arrested on charges of Contempt of Court after failing to comply with Drug Court rules, a program designed to facilitate the rehabilitation of non-violent substance abuse offenders. The two are now lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center, facing the consequences of their non-compliance.
Two injured in two-vehicle collision
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle collision at around 3:45 yesterday afternoon. According to Russell Springs Police, 56-year-old Sarah Kelly of Jamestown was operating a 2011 Ford Escort west on Bernard Ridge when she was struck in the passenger side by a 2012 Chevy Equinox operated by 22-year-old Dawson Wells of Somerset.