August 26, 2014 12:42 PM
A Wayne County kindergartner left school Monday morning and was found wandering more than a mile away. An officer found the 5-year-old in downtown Monticello, which means the child had to walk about a mile from Walker Elementary on North Main Street. Police say the 5-year-old student walked out of... more »
August 21, 2014 6:21 PM
Last night's storm caused downed trees and flash flooding in Wayne County. Straight line winds are also being blamed for destroying a boat storage building.
Co-owner Mary Bell says there was barely any visibility with all the rain from the storm that she describes as quick but fierce.
... more »
August 21, 2014 11:45 AM
Wednesday's heavy rain and high winds equalled storm damage across parts of Kentucky.
One of the hardest hit areas was Wayne County, where the owner of a boat storage says the storm and the straight-line winds hit about 19 of her units, damaging some and destroying others.
The... more »
August 15, 2014 12:22 PM
A missing Georgia woman's credit card appears to have been used in Wayne County in Kentucky.
An Atlanta TV station reports 65-year-old Janice Kay Whitted was last seen at her home in Marietta on Wednesday. Police issued an alert later that night.
The missing woman's family says she... more »
July 28, 2014 11:15 AM
A man found dead on a bank of a creek in Wayne County in May died of hypothermia, according to the Wayne County coroner's office. 69-year-old Marshall K. Alley had been reported missing in March. His body was found on May 11 on the bank of Elk Creek off Hwy... more »
June 16, 2014 7:19 PM
A Wayne County home was destroyed after a fire Sunday night and the homeowner said it has been in his family since the 1950s.
Junior Jones no longer lives in the home himself, but rents it out.
He said someone was supposed to be moving in to it... more »
May 22, 2014 12:51 PM
Arson investigators were on the scene of a fire at the Wayne County Attorney's Office and Wayne County Child Support Office Thursday morning after flames filled the building that houses the two agencies.
Kentucky State Police arson investigators call the fire suspicious, but stop short of saying it was... more »
May 12, 2014 12:08 PM
The Wayne County Sheriff's Department has confirmed the body found Sunday evening off Hwy 3106 is that of a man who had been reported missing in March.
According to a Monticello radio station, the Sheriff's Department has identified the body as that of 69-year-old Marshal Kay Alley.
Kay... more »
May 12, 2014 5:01 AM
A dead body was discovered in a field in Wayne County Sunday night.
Officials say somebody found the body in a field off Christian Mill Road around 7:30 p.m. Kentucky State Police were called to the scene.
Officials released very little information on the investigation, and it remains... more »
May 6, 2014 11:23 AM
The body found in Wayne County last month identified as that of a missing Pulaski County woman is believed to have been stored in a freezer for more than two years while the victim's son collected her social security benefits.
Officials say the body identified as that of 96-year-old... more »
April 24, 2014 9:23 AM
Investigators continue to look into the discovery of a woman's body found in Wayne County April 23.
Police said the body was found at the house on Brammer Hill Ridge Road, east of Monticello.
The Wayne County coroner was called out after the body was discovered and so... more »
April 22, 2014 9:08 AM
Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal shooting in Wayne County.
Officials say 38-year-old Gavin Thompson was shot early Monday morning during a fight with Ian T. Miller, 21, of Elmira, New York, at a home on KY-1275 North. Thompson was taken to the Wayne County... more »
April 21, 2014 11:36 AM
A Wayne County man is dead after officials say he was shot at his home early Monday morning.
Officials say 38-year-old Gavin Thompson was shot during a fight at his home on Highway 1275 North with 21-year-old Ian T. Miller, of Elmira, New York.
Thompson was taken to... more »
April 16, 2014 9:12 AM
A Wayne County pastor entered a guilty plea to more than a dozen charges of sexual abuse, but he is not going to jail.
Gerald Dishman admitted in court Tuesday to sexually abusing two sisters when they were very young back in the 1980's and early 90's. Dishman was... more »
April 15, 2014 5:56 AM
Police are looking for an inmate who walked away from the Wayne County Detention Center Monday night.
Officials say Anthony Shaw left a minimum security area of the jail around 9:40 p.m.
Shaw was in jail on meth making charges.
March 12, 2014 4:13 PM
The Wayne County Sheriff's office is looking for a missing man.
Officials say they received a report that Marshall K. Alley, also known as Kay Alley, has been missing since Feb. 21. If anyone has any information on Kay Alley's or has seen him since Feb. 21 please contact... more »
March 10, 2014 1:23 PM
The Wayne County deputy sergeant arrested last week had more charges filed against him in his first appearance in court Monday.
Danny Guffey was originally charged with fourth degree assault, stemming from a fight with his wife, where she claimed he hit her. Additional charges of two counts of... more »
March 7, 2014 3:22 PM
A Wayne County Sheriff's Department sergeant has been arrested, accused of domestic violence.
Danny Guffey was arrested Thursday after he allegedly hit his wife during a fight.
Guffey's wife, Shannon Guffey, called the sheriff's department after an alleged fight with her husband at the Best Western Hotel in... more »
February 21, 2014 11:22 AM
A Wayne County school bus driver is being called a hero after she tried to extinguish a fire that spread quickly through her bus Thursday afternoon.
Wayne County Schools superintendent John Dalton said the bus was at the end of its daily route in rural Wayne County when the... more »
January 31, 2014 12:47 PM
The Wayne County Coroner has identified the man who was killed in a house fire Wednesday. The coroner said 55-year-old Ricky Fairchild was found around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at a home on Highway 90, near Monticello. There is still no word on what caused the fire, but investigators say... more »
January 30, 2014 4:27 PM
A man was killed in a house fire in Wayne County Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency Management officials said the fire started around 1 p.m. at a home on Highway 90 near Monticello.
A man in his 50's died in the fire. Officials said he lived with his mother. There's... more »
November 25, 2013 5:05 PM
A boil water is advisory is in effect for all customers of the Monticello Utility Commission in Wayne County beginning at 6 p.m. Monday.
City officials encourage residents to bring all water used for drinking or cooking to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using.
The advisory... more »
October 11, 2013 8:48 AM
Police in Wayne County arrested a man after a shooting in the middle of a Monticello street Thursday evening.
Police say Chris Loveless fired a shotgun at Michael Dean in the middle of Stokes Street around 7 p.m. Dean was airlifted to UK Hospital for treatment. Officials did not... more »
September 4, 2013 8:04 AM
A second victim of a multi-vehicle accident in Wayne County has died.
Police say a vehicle rear-ended a car driven by Jessica Whitaker along KY-90, pushing that vehicle into oncoming traffic. A minivan hit Whitaker's car on the passenger side, killing a passenger identified as Louanne Ellis, 57, of... more »
August 20, 2013 5:37 AM
A Wayne County mother says she plans to pull her child out of preschool after a bus mishap Monday.
Stephanie McGuire says she went to pick up her son Bryant after his second day of preschool at Walker Elementary, but the 3-year-old was nowhere to be found. Finally, 45... more »
June 6, 2013 6:53 AM
Monticello police continue the hunt for a robbery suspect.
Police say Donnie Lair, 33, is wanted for theft and running from police in Wayne County, along with robbery and auto theft in McCreary County.
Lair stands about 6-feet-2 with a heavy build. He has balding brown hair and... more »
May 9, 2013 5:33 AM
A woman who says a southern Kentucky preacher raped her as a child went public Wednesday.
In 2011, a Wayne County grand jury indicted Gerald Dishman on 13 counts of raping a child. Since then, he's bonded out of jail and continued his ministry as pastor of Denny Hollow... more »
March 15, 2013 8:09 AM
Kentucky State Police investigators say a fatal Wayne County fire apparently started in a bathroom.
The fire was first reported at a home along KY-1009 around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, about 15 miles south of Monticello. Firefighters say heavy smoke was pouring from the front of the house when they... more »
March 15, 2013 6:23 AM
The Wayne County coroner has released the names of three people killed in a fire overnight.
The fire was first reported at a home along KY-1009 around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, about 15 miles south of Monticello.
Douglas Walker, 53, was declared dead at the scene.
The coroner... more »
March 15, 2013 4:55 AM
Two adults and a child died in a fire in Wayne County overnight.
The fire was first reported at a home along KY-1009 around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, about 15 miles south of Monticello. Firefighters say heavy smoke was pouring from the front of the house when they arrived, and... more »
January 14, 2013 5:43 AM
An ambulance crashed into a home in Wayne County over the weekend.
Officials say the ambulance driver lost control of the vehicle along Water Street. The ambulance crashed through a fence and barreled into a house. The driver and a person in the passenger seat both suffered minor injuries.... more »
December 7, 2012 6:24 AM
Police in Wayne County arrested one person, and continue to search for two other suspects, after a Thursday morning home invasion.
Police say three people came into a home. One of the robbers was armed with a gun, and the trio took hundreds of dollars in cash and a... more »
July 11, 2012 6:50 AM
Police in Wayne County are investigating a drive-by shooting in Monticello.
Debbie Barnhouse says she was inside her home when she heard shots ring out.
"And then I started screaming at my husband, and I could still hear pow, pow, pow, pow, like a whole bunch of firecrackers,... more »
April 27, 2012 6:14 AM
Strong thunderstorms rumbled through southeastern counties Thursday, leaving behind some damage in their wake.
High winds ripped part of the roof off a McCreary County car wash. A Mexican restaurant across the parking lot also lost pieces of its roof, and debris caused some damage to a nearby building.... more »
April 2, 2012 6:40 AM
COLUMBIA (AP) - Kentucky State Police say wildfires have been increasing in the Clinton and Wayne county areas, and troopers will join forces this week with rangers from the Kentucky Division of Forestry to draw attention to the problem. The fires are occurring in the wooded areas between Kentucky 696... more »
December 28, 2011 1:03 PM
A woman who tried to attack a Wayne County judge during court last summer is back in jail, facing new charges.
Video captured Melissa Hardwick, 45, lunging toward family court judge Jennifer Upchurch-Edwards last July. Bailiffs had to wrestle Hardwick to the ground.
Police arrested Hardwick again Monday... more »
September 27, 2011 11:35 AM
A pregnant woman was treated for exposure to methamphetamine after the discovery of a working lab in Wayne County Monday night that resulted in three arrests.
Charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine were 38-year-old Lenny Lunsford, 39-year-old Angela D. Wallace, and 35-year-old... more »
September 15, 2011 8:49 AM
MONTICELLO (AP) - A judge has delayed the Wayne County trial of four people charged in connection to the death of a toddler who drank drain cleaner. The case revolves around the May 2009 death of 20-month-old Kayden Branham. The boy died after drinking the substance, which he found in... more »
September 14, 2011 6:58 AM
The trial of a Wayne County man charged in his toddler son's death is set to begin Wednesday.
Police arrested Bryan Daniels, 21, in May 2009 after his 22-month-old son drank "liquid fire", an ingredient used to make meth.
The child's mother also faces charges, but her case... more »
August 8, 2011 10:08 AM
A Wayne County woman and her boyfriend charged in the death of the woman's 18-month-old son are scheduled for their preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.
Kayla Lord and Jared Futrell both face murder charges. Officials say Staten Stephenson died from injuries to his head, chest, arms, legs and stomach.
... more »
August 5, 2011 8:52 AM
A Wayne County grand jury indicted a woman caught on court cameras trying to attack a judge last month.
The grand jury indicted Melissa Denise Hardwick on charges of intimidating a participant in a legal process, terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct.
Hartwick was in court after her husband... more »
July 27, 2011 6:21 AM
Police in Wayne County say they are investigating the death of a toddler.
Monticello police detectives confirm 18-month-old Staten Stephenson died at UK Hospital on Monday. He was flown there on July 16 for treatment of injuries.
Police are calling it a death investigation. They have not filed... more »
July 18, 2011 7:02 AM
An Ohio man died in a Wayne County ATV accident Sunday morning.
Police say Tyler M. Conner, 21, of Maineville, Ohio, was driving an ATV along Pottershop Road in the Jabez community around 2:44 a.m. He failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and crashed through a fence.... more »
June 22, 2011 5:19 AM
A woman died and a man was hospitalized after a single vehicle accident in Wayne County Tuesday evening.
The Wayne County Sheriff's office says John H. Warner, 82, was driving a Jeep southbound along HWY-167 when he lost control of the vehicle, went off the roadway and crashed into... more »
June 22, 2011 5:11 AM
Fire blazed through a Wayne County stockyard early Wednesday morning.
The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. at the stockyard along West Columbia Avenue in Monticello. A police officer noticed the flames and called the fire department. Dispatchers say firefighters from multiple agencies responded.
Officials initially said 12... more »
April 13, 2011 6:53 AM
Monticello police arrested a man after discovering an active meth lab and a small child nearby.
Police found the lab while executing a search warrant in the Missouri Hollow area. A tip prompted the investigation.
Officer arrested Daniel Vaughn, 27, and charged him with manufacturing meth and controlled... more »
March 25, 2011 9:45 AM
SOMERSET (AP) - A grand jury's review of a police shooting in Pulaski County has cleared a sheriff's deputy. A Wayne County grand jury declined to indict Pulaski County Deputy Danny Pevley in the fatal shooting of an intoxicated man at his home last month, reports the Commonwealth Journal in... more »
February 24, 2011 10:51 AM
Police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed by a Pulaski County Sheriff's deputy in Wayne County Thursday morning.
Kentucky State Police say Wayne County dispatch got a call reporting a domestic complaint in the Jabez community around 4 a.m. Wayne County officials then... more »
February 24, 2011 8:46 AM
Police are investigating after a Pulaski County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man in Wayne County Thursday morning.
Kentucky State Police say Wayne County dispatch got a call reporting a domestic complaint in the Jabez community around 6 a.m. Wayne County called the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department for... more »
November 25, 2010 8:00 AM
A grand jury will hear the case of a Wayne County man accused of repeatedly shaking his newborn son.
Zachary Wiater pleaded not-guilty to first degree assault.
Police say Wiater called 911 back on Oct. 26 asking for medical help for his six month old son. Records indicate... more »
September 7, 2010 3:23 PM
A funeral fund has been set up for a Wayne County woman who was killed in single-vehicle accident Monday morning. The accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. on Kentucky 92. Police say Gretchen Koontz, 35, of Monticello was heading west when her passenger-side tires dropped off the road. Her car... more »
August 9, 2010 9:17 AM
One person died and another was injured in a Wayne County traffic accident Sunday morning. Police say Taylor S. Kinnett, 19, of Monticello, was driving a Ford Escape eastbound along KY-92 around 8:40 a.m. when she lost control of the car. The vehicle left the roadway, struck a culvert and... more »
July 14, 2010 8:08 AM
Kentucky State Police arrested a Wayne County man after he assaulted a neighbor with a pitchfork on Tuesday afternoon. Police say they received a report of a confrontation between property owners along KY-1619 around 4:30 p.m. Investigators say Lloyd Sheppard, 46, was inspecting property markers set during a recent survey... more »
March 25, 2010 7:03 AM
Kentucky State Police say they have made an arrest in a Wayne County shooting. The shooting took place Monday, March 22, at Lakeview Yachts, east of Monticello. Police say David C. Shores, 42, shot the unidentified victim in the back of the legs as he was coming out of the... more »
March 1, 2010 3:16 PM
Two men have been arrested in Wayne County after police say an active methamphetamine lab was discovered at a home. Operation UNITE charged 33-year-old Troy E. Paige of Monticello and 43-year-old Jimmy Rednour of Albany with one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine and fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.... more »
February 2, 2010 6:56 AM
A Wayne County family says that a communication breakdown between fire departments resulted in the loss of their home Monday. The Morrow family got safely out of their house on HWY 790 when a fire broke out, but they say it took firefighters more than an hour to respond. Fire... more »
October 12, 2009 1:22 PM
An inmate accused of injuring a guard and escaping from the Wayne County Detention Center early Monday morning has been re-captured. Officials have confirmed Jeremy Sescourka, 19, had been in the jail since March on charges of first degree rape, first degree sodomy, second degree escape and tampering with a... more »
October 12, 2009 12:17 PM
A Wayne County Detention Center guard who was allegedly assaulted by two inmates, one of which later escaped, talked to LEX 18 Monday about the incident. Guard Sherry Kelsay was working in the control room at jail at about 4:30 a.m. Monday when Jeremy Sescourka, 19, and 25-year-old Joe Cook... more »
October 12, 2009 8:05 AM
LEX 18 has learned what charges the inmate accused of injuring a guard and escaping from the Wayne County Jail was being held on. Officials have confirmed Jeremy Sescourka, 19, had been in the jail since March on charges of first degree rape, first degree sodomy, second degree escape and... more »
October 12, 2009 7:17 AM
The search continues for an inmate authorities said injured a guard and escaped from the Wayne County Jail. It happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday. LEX 18 has spoken with the family of the injured guard, Sherry Kelsey. They said she was working in the control room when Jeremy Sescourka, 19,... more »
October 12, 2009 5:43 AM
Authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped after an incident Monday at the Wayne County Jail. We're told around 4:30 a.m., Jeremy Sescourka, 19, escaped from the facility after injuring a female employee. Emergency workers said her name is Sherry Kelsey. She was taken to a local hospital. We're... more »
September 21, 2009 10:23 PM
A Wayne County grand jury has handed down a capital murder indictment for the man police say shot and killed Samantha Rigney as she was standing on her front porch with her family around her. Police say Richard E. Smith rode up to Rigney's home on horseback and started firing... more »