A Kentucky State Police operation to apprehend a record number of drug traffickers has fallen short of its goal.
The KSP launched Operation Black Friday on Nov. 1, and since then they have arrested 339 out of a total 479 targeted offenders.
Although the operation was billed as the largest one-day drug roundup in agency history, the bulk of the arrests were made over the course of the past month. KSP spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton says despite calling short, Black Friday is the largest operation led by the agency, and a third of the targets remain at-large, and might still be caught.
“There are still arrest warrants out there. It’s just the nature of the people that the arrests warrants are for: They’re transient; they’re not staying in the same place. Once several, or once one of the people they normally do business with ends up going to jail, you know, that makes them kind of try and get under the radar," Blanton said.
Blanton did not say how much the operation cost, adding that ‘Black Friday’ would continue until however long it takes.
An early-morning fire Friday at the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon is under investigation by Kentucky State Police, the ATF and the state fire marshal’s office.
Trooper Billy Gregory says police got a call about a break-in at the distillery on Veterans Memorial Highway about 6 a.m. EST. When officers arrived, they quickly called the fire department.
“They were able to save the building without a huge loss and there were no injuries,” said Gregory. “At this time, the investigation has led us to believe that someone forced their way into the building and set the fire.”
Officials with the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force say they made 14 arrests Friday of the 23 offenders they were looking for in Warren and Simpson Counties. Director Tommy Loving says the arrests were without incident.
Kentucky State Police troopers are rounding up hundreds of drug suspects in what the state's lead police agency calls the largest one-day drug crackdown in its history.
State police officials said Friday that posts across the state are expected to arrest 479 people. The arrests are expected to result in 774 charges in a state plagued by drug abuse.
State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the roundup called Operation Black Friday is the result of tips. Among the tipsters was a mother whose son is a drug addict. Brewer says her tips led to the arrest of the alleged drug dealer selling to her son.
Brewer says the charges involve such drugs as marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs and methamphetamine.
Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green are searching for Martin "Marty" Lewis Melton. Hewas reported missing by family members in Hart County.
Melton was last seen in a wooded area off Friendship Church Road in Hart County Monday morning. He was wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and black tennis shoes. He's described as a white male, 5'6" and 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Melton reportedly has numerous medical issues that could potentially render him incapable of taking care of himself. He's also wanted through Barren County for assault 4th degree and persistent felony offender 1st degree.
Anyone with any information on Melton's whereabouts is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.
The widow of an ambushed Bardstown Police officer is making her first public comments since her husband was gunned down Saturday.
Amy Ellis is expected to address the media Tuesday morning at law enforcement offices. Kentucky State Police say 33-year-old officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.
Ellis' death has triggered an outpouring of grief in the town of about 12,000 about 40 miles southeast of Louisville.
More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the police station.
A stream of mourners has covered a police car with flowers, flags, balloons and baseballs on a police cruiser that's become a makeshift memorial in front of the police station.
A Bardstown police officer was shot and killed early Saturday while driving home from work. Kentucky State Police say they don't have any suspects as of late Saturday.
The original call came is as a traffic crash on Exit 34 of the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. When troopers arrived they found that 33 year old Jason Ellis had been fatally shot. KSP says Ellis was in uniform and had been driving his cruiser home. Spokesman Norman Chaffins said the officer was found inside his vehicle but he did not know how many times he had been shot. The exit was shut down as troopers investigated the shooting near Bardstown.
Kentucky law enforcement officers are beginning a week of traffic patrols for the Memorial Day holiday focusing on making sure motorists are wearing seat belts. The 2013 "Click It or Ticket" campaign begins Monday and runs through June 2nd.
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety says Kentucky has an 83% seat belt usage rate. The national rate is 86%. The office says fatalities on Kentucky roadways last year totaled 746, up from 721 in 2011. It says more than half of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.
A Kentucky State Police trooper has been charged with drunken driving.
The Glasgow Daily Times cited a citation from the Cave City Police Department in reporting that 27-year-old Casey Joseph Wethington of Columbia was arrested Sunday on the charge. According to the report, Wethington was "all over the roadway" while traveling north on Dixie Highway and an officer pulled him over.
The police report said a breathalyzer test showed Wethington's blood alcohol content to be 0.2, which is higher than the legal limit of .08.
It was unclear whether Wethington had an attorney.
Forty new troopers received diplomas today at ceremonies held in Frankfort, Kentucky. The new troopers are part of the third Law Enforcement Accelerated Program. They bring the agency's total strength to a total of 948 troopers serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky.