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CJE Mike Stephens, Sen Wise unravel mystery of helicopters

This time, they weren't drug eradication choppers; helicopters were part of a KY National Guard training exercise.
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By Ed Waggener

A number of people were concerned last week when a large number of helicopters were heard over Columbia, wondering if there might have been a major disaster in the area or if it might be surveillance helicopters searching for some of our county's more lucrative cash crops. County Judge Mike Stephens and Senator Max Wise checked into the situation and learned it was a much more benign situation for now. It was merely a training operation.

This time.

Judge Stephens and Senator Wise received one letter on Friday, June 10, 2016 from Nicole Cusic with the Legislative Research Commmission, who wrote under the subject line, Reports of Military Helicopters in Adair County/Green River Area Last Night,, "Good afternoon Judge Stephens! Senator Wise reached out and asked that I contact the Department of Military Affairs to inquire about the helicopters that were reported hovering in Adair County/Green River area last night. I was ableto talk with Lt. Colonel Scott Thomas, copied on this email, who siat it was possibly a counter drug operation. It is apparently the beginning of the KY State Police drug eradication season and the KY National Guard provides military helicopters for that purpose."

But this morning, Monday, June 13, 2016, Major Stephen D. Martin, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard, wrote to Judge Stephens, saying that he had received the inquiry and, he wrote, "I can confirm that these were helicopters from the KY National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility out of Frankfort, conducting some training around that area."

This story was posted on 2016-06-13 13:09:51
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