COLUMBIA, Ky. (January 5, 2023) – On January 3, 2023, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 was contacted by the Adair County Detention Center in regards to a suspicious letter that an inmate being lodged at the detention center had attempted to send out in the mail.
KSP Troopers launched an investigation after receiving the letter that the detention center staff had intercepted. Troopers learned that Paul Bricker, age 37 of Columbia, had attempted to send a letter in the mail, while incarcerated, soliciting the murder of another individual. As a result of the investigation, Mr. Bricker was arrested and charged with Solicitation of Murder. Mr. Bricker remained lodged in the Adair County Detention Center.
Trooper Dean Lunz continues his investigation.
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RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (January 4, 2023) – On January 2, 2023 at approximately 5:47 P.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision on US 127 in Russell County.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Alex Fabian Lopez Entzin, age 23 of Russell Springs, was traveling south on US 127 in a 2013 Ford Escape when he met a 2022 GMC Terrain traveling north on US 127. The two vehicles collided in a head-on manner on US 127. The GMC Terrain was being operated by Wanda Wethington, age 75 of Russell Springs.
Mrs. Wethington was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Russell County Coroner. Mr. Entzin was transported to University of Kentucky Hospital with life threatening injuries.
KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Russell County Fire and EMS, Russell County Rescue Squad, and Russell County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan.
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COLUMBIA, Ky. (December 20, 2022) – Kentuckians are being dealt with a wintery forecast through the weekend. KSP is asking motorists to be aware that weather conditions may change rapidly over the next few days.
Drivers need to be prepared to meet the challenges of driving in the adverse weather conditions. Plan ahead; make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained and ensure your vehicle is maintained to handle not only the road conditions but the frigid temperatures as well.
The best advice is to avoid unnecessary travel when winter weather is in your area. However, if you do have to venture out, here are a few reminders:
- Refrain from calling 911 for road or weather conditions due to high call volume. Telecommunicators need the lines open to assist callers who have emergencies.
- Reduce speed in wintery conditions.
- Leave early – allow more travel time; expect delays.
- Increase distance between vehicles – the ability to stop is significantly affected on snow covered or icy roadways
- Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel – having unobstructed vision is vital to avoid running off of the road or having a collision.
- Ensure your windshield washer fluid is full and that you use an anti-ice solution.
- Turn on your vehicle’s headlamps. Remove any dirt, mud or snow from all vehicle lights.
- Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they are susceptible to freezing before roadways.
- Avoid using cruise control which can cause a vehicle’s wheels to continue turning on a slippery surface when speed needs to be decreased.
- Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.
- Charge your cellular phone prior to departure.
- Always dress warmly and keep a blanket in the vehicle.
- Carry a winter survival kit that includes items such as blankets, a first-aid kit, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for water), windshield scraper, booster cables, road maps, tool kit, bag of sand or cat litter (to pour on ice or snow for added traction), collapsible shovel, flashlight and extra batteries.
KSP is also requesting travelers to observe for stranded motorists. If you see or suspect that someone is stranded, contact KSP at 1-800-222-5555.
If you get stranded, staying in your vehicle is often the safest choice but we offer these added tips:
- Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers.
- Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
- Wrap your entire body, including your head, in blankets, or extra clothing.
- Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
- Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let air in. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe as this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
- Do not eat un-melted snow. It will lower your body temperature.
KSP will use Facebook, Twitter and their website to share winter weather updates. We encourage drivers to check road and weather conditions before traveling by visiting https://transportation.ky.gov/sites/snowky , an online traffic, roadway information and weather portal operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
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