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10 - April 21, 2016 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook 1 additionally charged with By Charles Mattox being a persistent felony KyNewsGroup offender, 1st degree. charles@kynewsgroup.com Kentucky State Police Detective, Wes Prather worked closely with other Kentucky State Police De- in Fleming County will be tectives who were search- in Fleming Circuit Court ing for Russ since he went April 22 and court docu- missing in August 2014, ments indicate DNA anal- and it was Prather who Two men who face death if convicted for the 2014 murder of Randolph Russ near the Grange City Cov- ered Bridge, where Black told police Russ was bur- ied. Russ had met Krista Johnson, on Facebook and was in Fleming County helping her and Howard move. It has never been revealed by investigators if Johnson was present ysis on a hair connected gave incriminating testi- when Russ was murdered, with Russ's body may be mony against the two men but a copy of her subse- quent polygraph test was revealed, during each of their pre- Charles Black 53, of Col- liminary hearings held in fax and his cousin Kevin October, 2014, in Fleming Howard, 39, formerly of District Court. Owingsville, face the death Throughinterviews penalty if convicted of the with Black and others, August 2014 murder of along with examining part-time University of Cin- physical evidence, Prather cinnati professor, Randall said he established that Russ, 56. Russ was at Black's home Each are charged with on or around August 15 of murder, 1st. degree, kid- this year and Black pro- napping, robbery, theft, .vided information, includ- tampering with physical mg taking detectives to evidence and Howard is the spot along Fox Creek, provided for the defense, according to court docu- ments. Prather testified during the preliminary hearing, that Howard, Black and Russ, drove tO the Flem- ing County residence on or about on August 15 of this year. During inter- views Black told Prather and other detectives that Howard had asked him to visit a neighbor, another relative of the two men, who lived approximately 150 yards from Black's residence. Prather testified that Black had .earlier bor- rowed a shovel from that neighbor. Howard allegedly yelled for Black to return after approximately 45 min- utes and upon his return Black saw Russ, without any clothing on, with duct tape around his mouth and face, and bound with tape at the leg and ankles also. Black said he felt for a pulse but did not find one. The two men drug Russ through the house using a sheet and Howard put Russ in the Russ vehicle, they then drove to a lo- cation near Grange City Covered Bridge and dug a grave, placing Russ in the grave, according to Prath- er's testimony. A critical piece of evi- "Mr. Black then said Mr. dence in the case may be Howard place the shovel the discovery of a single against Russ's throat and human hair found in con- kicked it," Prather tesfi- necfion with Russ. fled. An analysis of the DNA The two men then drove found may be revealed Russ's vehicle toward Fort in court Friday April 21 Boonesboro State Park when Howard and Black and stopped to wash the are scheduled to appear. vehicle inside and out, Court orders indicate all even removing carpetanalysis was to be com- from the vehicle, pleted by this Friday. Black used Russ's ATM The DNA testing was card at a bank and a mu- scheduled to occur at tual acquaintance identi- Bode Laboratories in Lor- fled Black when she saw ton, Virginia. the video, according to Det. Prather has since Prather'stesfimony. been re-assigned to the When Prather asked Governor's security force about a possible motive to and Detective Nathan harm Russ, he was told, Shortridge joined the in- "Robbery." vestigafion several months Russ's body was ex- ago. humed by police and All persons are to be county coroners' on Oct. presumed innocentuntil 1, 2014 after Black took proven guilty or pleading detectives to the grave, guilty. I The winners are Angelida Angel Arnett (3rd Place). By Holly Howard, Asst. Director, Bath Co. Memo- -,:, riaLLibrary ,:. Our Summer Reading T-shirt logo contest con- tinues to be a huge suc- cess. Originally an idea of Director, Michael Richter, the T-shirt contest will become an annual event with this being its sec- Stewart (1st Place), Nicholas Frizzell (2nd Place), and end successful year. The contest is simple; choose .theme, pick a winner. OK. So maybe not THAT simple, but it is well worth the effort put into it. Our children's librar- ian started by picking a theme, "Fairy Tales: Joust Read." Her next step was to choose an age group. Last year's artists were 3rd - 5th graders so this year she decided to get the middle school grades involved and sent the in- vitation to the 6th- 8th grades. In the beginning participation seemed low, but after a visit to the middle school during the lunch periods and a won- derful Art teacher (Thank you Kathy Adams), things 0 began to change. We had a total of 99 entries for the contest and let me tell you, they were all AWESOME! It was extremely difficult to narrow the field to 10, so we chose 11. Then those 11 entries were circulated among the staff, who were told to pick their top 3 fa- vorites. The chosen were tallied and we had 3 very close winners; 1st place had 7 votes, 2nd had 6 votes, and 3rd had 5 votes. From there the logo gets scanned and adjust- ed to make it cleaner for the t-shirt transfers. A te- dious process that must be tripled checked and turned into a usable jpeg, even then I suggest let- ting someone else spell check. But in the end, we have a great logo=for the SRP material, an excited winner with lots of prizes and bragging rights, and school and community participation everyone can get behind. I can't wait to see the designs for next ,year! Gary Hamilton, Coop- erative Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources With spring rapidly ap- proaching, farm work will get under way in earnest and that often means mov- ing equipment along Ken- tucky's roadways. Colli- sions on public roadways involving farm machinery take place each year es- pecially during the busy spring planting and fall harvest times. Thus, peo- ple driving farm machinery and motor vehicles need to be especially careful and watchful in the days ahead. Farmers should remem- ber thatmany people don't realize tractors and other agricultural machinery of- ten can't travel faster than 25 miles per hour. Also, these farm vehicles have limited maneuverability. To help other motorists see farm machinery on the roadways, keep slow mov- ing vehicle emblems and extremity markings clean and bright. Replace weath- er-faded SMV emblems. Make sure headlights, tail- lights and flashing lights are in proper working or- der. Inspect the reflectors or reflective tape on the front and rear extremities of towed equipment. Use amber or yellow on the front, and red on the rear. NEWS] iii!!iiii ......... By Eddie Mac Stewart Visitors of Eddia Mac Stewart were Vivian Webb, John Botts, Larry Butcher, the missionaries, Lida Tincher, and Miss Mynear's son. Mon- day's visitors were Edith Shrout, Vicki Lee, and Shredder the puppy. I am still going to therapy, and am not feeling any better. I will write more news next time. Free Dump Day will be Thursday, April 28th. IC The Bath County Board of Elections will conduct a public inspection of voting machines on Thursday, April 21, at 10 a.m. at the Bath County Courthouse. Published in the Bath County News Outlook on 04.21.16 I i i It's especially important to use front reflectors or tape when the edges of towed equipment extend beyond the left side of the tractor to alert oncoming traffic of the protruding equilSment. When driving farm ma- chinery, remember to keep mirrors clean and be sure they're properly adjusted for each driver. Use these mirrors to watch for ap- proaching motorists. Many farmers will pull complete- ly off the road when pos- sible to let the line of traffic behind pass. It's often hard for driv- ers to anticipate the op- erational intentions of farm machinery being driven on roadways. Remember, trac- tors towing long-trailing or wide machines might need to move to the right to com- plete a left turn. Thus, be aware of unmarked field entrances or other places the driver might be plan- ning to turn into. Don't as- sume the farm equipment drivers are waiting for you to pass just because they move to the right. Only pass in a designated pass- ing zone, or when the oth- er driver signals and pulls completely off the road. An ordinance amending the Menifee County budget for fiscal year 2016, to include unanticipated receipts and to increase expenditures for the LGEA and Senior Citizen Funds which totals $169,217.78 was adopted by the Menifee County Fis- cal Court on April 12th, 2016. A copy of the adopted ordinance with full text is available for public inspection at the office of the county judge/exec during normal business hours. Published in the Menifee County News Outlook on 64.21.16 Farmers Mutual Insurance of Mason County, Kentucky since 1879 Homeowners, Farm Properties, Mobile Homes, Commercial Buildings and Churches Insuring in Bath, Clark, Montgomery and Menifee Counties 1718 US 68 Maysville KY 41056 1-800-759-9618 Patricia Campbell Phone: 606-674-9599 Bath County Clerk Roger Coyle would like to inform voters that the absentee voting machine will be open on Wednesday, April 27, at the Bath County Clerk's office at the courthouse for those who will be unable to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, May 17. II 11 f Photos courtesy of Rep. Rocky Adkins Ground was broken on Monday for the Rowan Tech- Morehead State University Center for Advanced Manu- facturing, located at the John Will Stacy MMRC Industrial Park in the Sharkey community of Rowan County. This $28 million facility is a partnership betwebn Maysville Community and Technical College and Morehead State University and will provide education and training in advanced manufacturing, robotics, systems controls and machining. Shown together in the top photo are Russ Ward, MCTC-Rowan Campus Director; former State Rep. John Will Stacy; State Rep. Rocky Adkins; and Dr. Steve Vacik, Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) President. The Rowan Campus has among the highest enrollment and highest percentage growth in the state. ently lost control of his By Cecil Lawson vehicle, left the roadway, KyNewsGroup and struck an embank- cecil@kynewsgr0up.comment near Sour Springs An Owingsville man Road. was seriously injured in Adkins was airlifted to a single vehicle accident the University of Ken- early Sunday morning in tucky Medical Center, Olympia.. where he was last listed Kentucky State Police in stable condition. report that Justin Adkins, The accident remains 26, of Owingsville, was under investigation by traveling southbound on Kentucky State Police Highway 36 early Sunday Trooper Brandon Bur- morning when he appar- ton. Do you have questions about: Medicare Part A Medicare Part B Medicare Part C Medicare Part D JIM GATES will be at the following locations: Grayson Family Drug: 131 Carol Malone Blvd, Ste. E., Grayson, KY 41143 Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:30am to 5:00pm Family Discount Drugs: 60 Slate Ave., Owingsville, KY 40360 Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 9:30am to 5:00pm Soper Drugs: 102 S. Broadway, Carlisle, KY 40311 Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:30am to 5:00pm Ross Drugs: 125 Foxglove Dr., Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 9:30am to 5:00pm Med-Save-Carter: 136 lessica Lane Ste. E, Olive Hill, KY 41164 (The Old Carter Family), Every Friday - 9:30am to 5:00pm Camargo Pharmacy: 3404 Camargo Road, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 Monday, May 9, 2016 - 9:30am to 5:00pm Jim sells other products: Life Insurance, Obama Care, and HRA For personal appointments call Jim at 606-683-2104, or emall: Gatesiimmie@/ahoo.com II l 1"