UPDATED 7/15/2024

On July 15, 2024, at approximately 3:14 PM, a McCracken County Sheriff’s Office Deputy responded to the 300 block of Oaks Road for a physical disturbance. As the deputy was arriving, he observed a male threatening a female with a large knife.

Immediately upon the deputy exiting his vehicle, the male, later identified as John Taber, began moving towards the deputy with the knife. After a short period of time, the deputy, along with other deputies and an officer from Paducah Police Department, were able to take Taber into custody. As deputies investigated the origins of the fight, they discovered that Taber had superficially stabbed his mother with the knife. She was treated and released by Mercy Regional Ambulance Service. 

Taber, 21 years old of Paducah, KY, was lodged in the McCracken County Jail. Taber was charged with Assault 2nd Domestic Violence, Menacing (two counts), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (police officer), Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct 2ndDegree.

More criminal charges are possible as the investigation continues. At the time of this release, a photograph of Taber was not available. To obtain a photograph, please contact the McCracken County Jail. The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Paducah Police Department and Mercy Regional Ambulance Service.


On 07/2024 – Deputies from the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle collision on North Friendship Road near Buckner Lane. Ethan Rix, 21, of Paducah, KY, driving a 2012 Ram 1500, attempted to pass vehicles in a no-passing zone and struck a 2019 Hyundai Tucson driven by Nora Jean Robinson, 74, also of Paducah. Both vehicles went off the road into a wooded area, damaging state signs. Robinson was taken to a hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. Rix received a citation for improper passing. The Concord Fire Department, Jason’s Towing, and Stovesand’s Towing assisted at the scene.


On 07/08/2024, deputies responded to the 5600 block of Oaks Rd for a report of theft of property. When deputies arrived, it was learned that someone had stolen several tools and trail cameras. Additionally LED lights on an excavator located on the property had been cut off. The property owner had photos taken from his trail camera before it was stolen, which showed a male and a female trespassing on the property just prior to the thefts.

After a brief investigation, the male and female were identified as Anthony Adkins and Beatrice Ford, both of Paducah, KY. Adkins and Ford lived in a camper not far from the property where the thefts occurred. Deputies then went to Adkins’ address to speak to him about the photos. On initial contact, no one came to the door. While checking to make sure there wasn’t a back exit to the camper, deputies saw items that were reported stolen lying next to the camper. Deputy Miller then sent a photo of those items to the property owner, who confirmed the items belonged to him. Deputy Miller then obtained and executed a search warrant for the camper. Deputies found more stolen items as well as a quantity of methamphetamine. Both Adkins and Ford were arrested and taken to McCracken County Regional Jail. Both Adkins and Ford were charged with Trespassing 2nd Degree, Possession of Meth (2nd offense), and Receiving Stolen Property $1000 <$10,000.


On 7-10-2024 at approximately 0647 hours, deputies responded to the 2600 block of Estes Ln for a single-vehicle collision with injury. Investigation revealed that Keith Hays of Paducah was operating a 2015 F-150 eastbound on Estes Ln. Hays had a medical emergency causing him to lose consciousness and exit the roadway on the right-hand shoulder. Hays struck a large tree at the edge of the road and came to rest in the ditch. Hays was extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means by Reidland Farley Fire Department and transported to a local hospital by Mercy Regional EMS for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Reidland Farley Fire Department, Mercy Regional EMS, and Stovesand’s Towing.

On July 9, 2024, McCracken County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Peppers Mill  Drive and Pershing Way to the complaint content thefts from unlocked vehicles.  Through investigation, deputies learned that during the early morning hours, at least two individuals took items from unlocked vehicles in this neighborhood.  It has been reported thus far that a handgun and US currency were taken from unlocked vehicles.  Deputies currently believe that the suspects were not from the neighborhood as it appears that a car was used in the thefts.

Detectives are currently reviewing surveillance footage from the neighborhood, but at this stage in the investigation none of the footage is useful.  Detectives are asking for residents in the neighborhood to review any surveillance footage that they may possess to determine if there is useful footage that may identify the suspects. Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance for any information that may lead to arrests in this investigation.

If anyone has information in this investigation, please contact the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department at 270-444-4719, mccrackencountysheriff.com, or your local law enforcement agency.


July 8, 2024 @ 2:03 PM: The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1900 block of Gholson Road regarding a vehicle vs. motorcycle collision. The investigation revealed Alexander Babb (30) of La Center was operating a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle, northbound on Gholson Road. Lucy Turnbo (19) of Paducah was operating a 2024 Mazda sedan, exiting a residential driveway on Gholson Road. Babb collided with the front of the Mazda sedan. Babb was transported to a local hospital for treatment of incapacitating injures and was later pronounced deceased. We were assisted at the scene by Mercy Regional Ambulance, Concord Fire Department, McCracken County DES and Larry Stovesand Towing. Please keep the Babb family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

On Thursday, July 4th, 2024 at approximately 1350 hours, deputies were dispatched to the area of Lovelaceville Road and Pepper Lane for a collision with injuries. Through investigation, it was determined that Rachel Boone (31 years of age, from Paducah) was operating a silver Chevrolet Trailblazer inbound on Lovelaceville Road. Just before reaching Pepper Lane, Boone’s vehicle went off the roadway, overcorrected, and it overturned several times. The vehicle struck a utility pole before coming to rest. Boone was transported by Mercy Regional EMS to a local hospital for non-incapacitating injuries. As a result of the collision, a utility pole was damaged, and utility wires were covering the roadway.

The roadway was shut down for approximately 3 hours. The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lone Oak Fire Department, Mercy Regional EMS, McCracken County DES, and Stovesand’s Towing.


On Tuesday afternoon the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office arrested a McCracken County woman for trafficking in Methamphetamine during a joint investigation with the Paducah Police Department

On July 2nd, 2024, detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office and the Paducah Police Department executed a search warrant at 1143 Oaks Road in McCracken County after an investigation revealed that illegal drugs were being sold from the home. Detectives located 31-year-old Jessica Rogers, who was living at the residence, inside. During the search warrant service, detectives located quantities of Crystal Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Synthetic Marijuana, smoking pipes, scales, and other drug paraphernalia. Detectives also seized $1165 in US currency that was believed to be proceeds of illicit drug sales.

Detectives arrested and charged Rogers in connection with the drugs located during the investigation. Rogers has a previous conviction for trafficking in Methamphetamine, enhancing these new charges to a second or subsequent offense. Rogers was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail. Additional arrests are forthcoming in this investigation. Arrested: Jessica M. Rogers 31, of Oaks Road (McCracken County) Charges: Trafficking in Methamphetamine 2nd or subsequent offense, possession of Marijuana, possession of a synthetic drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.