Lyon County

Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police have arrested an employee of the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Lyon County for sexually assaulting an inmate. 

A man suspected of killing a state trooper on Interstate 24 has died after he was shot by police in Kentucky. The suspect, Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, was shot after a brief manhunt, according to the Kentucky State Patrol.

It all began Sunday night, when Trooper Cameron Ponder, 31, pulled a car over on I-24. The suspect then drove off, setting off a car chase, police say. After a pursuit of some 10 miles, the chase ended, and Ponder was shot to death in his police car.

Seven-year-old Sailor Gutzler survived a plane crash this weekend in Lyon County, Kentucky, but lost her parents, Marty and Kimberly; her older sister, Piper and cousin Sierra Wilder.

Kentucky State Police Lt. Brent White says when Sailor emerged from the upside-down twin-engine to find help, she was in the middle of the woods, with no houses – or help – in sight.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are now at the site of a plane crash in Lyon County. The twin-engine crash occurred Friday night near Kuttawa, killing four passengers from southern Illinois and leaving 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler as the sole survivor.

Former residents of the Stewart County, Tennessee portion of  Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area are gathering for their annual Homecoming this month.


Caldwell and Lyon county residents will soon be able to purchase affordable high-speed Internet.

The two Kentucky counties have received a grant from the Delta Regional Authority to improve Internet service in underserved areas.

The Lyon County Fiscal Court plans to repeal its flood insurance map ordinance because it’s causing a burden to some homeowners. The ordinance that went into effect in August includes the county for the first time in the National Flood Insurance Program, allowing property owners to get flood insurance and qualify for federal disaster relief.


Lyon County residents have an alcohol referendum scheduled for Jan. 15. Judge Executive Wade White says the petition to bring alcohol to the county began in May and was turned in Nov. 2 with around 650 signatures. Only 579 were required.